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1 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 A1-A16 KIDS FREE! MAY 2013 A monthly newspaper Sponsored by The Chester County Intermediate Unit and Chester County s public schools CITADEL HEART OF LEARNING Story on Page 6 Fifteen finalists named for outstanding teacher honors AVON GROVE MEGAN AHERN COATESVILLE ROBERT ROSS DOWNINGTOWN DEBRA ROONEY GREAT VALLEY BRITTANY CARLINO KENNETT TONY BOWLING OCTORARA CHARYL MORRIS OWEN J. ROBERTS CANDIS WIESE OXFORD SUE MENDENHALL PHOENIXVILLE DENISE KRISIEWICZ T-E BEVERLY JONES BELL TWIN VALLEY LISA DUNCAN UNIONVILLE-CF SUSAN SHELLEY WEST CHESTER ROSE CAPPELLI INTERMEDIATE UNIT LEE ANN FULMER NON-PUBLIC CLEE EDGAR NEW ADDRESS: PAGE 1 PUBLISHERS P.O. BOX 72501, THORNDALE, PA., phone: page1publishers@aol.com online:

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3 MAY 2013 TREDYFFRIN-EASTTOWN KIDS 3 Geobee participant Thomas Huck, a seventh grade student at Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, recently competed at the state level of the National Geography Bee in Gettysburg. Huck, who won his school s Geobee in January, scored in the top 100 in Pennsylvania to qualify for the state competition. Huck, who was sponsored by gifted support teacher Jean Cook (above), survived many rounds of questions in Gettysburg and tied for 18th place among the 100 students competing. This year marked the 25th annual National Geography Bee, open to fourth-through-eighth graders. State, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools winners will compete in Washington D.C. for the national championship May State winners each receive $100 and the National Geography Bee champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The bee, organized by the National Geographic Society, is also sponsored by Google. NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!! Flexible payment options available Most insurance plans accepted Convenient hours including evenings and limited Saturdays Board certified Invisalign certified Free initial exam and consultation On-time appointments Now offering INCOGNITO BRACES!! These customized braces go behind the teeth and are completely hidden. Feel confident about your smile, call Brady Orthodontics today! At Brady Orthodontics, we take pride in creating beautiful smiles for both adults and children. From traditional braces to the latest Invisalign technology, we ll create a smile to last a lifetime. Dr. Thomas A. Brady is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. A delegate to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, Dr. Brady is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, former President of the Chester and Delaware County Dental Societies, Exton resident, and father of two. MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING 80 W. Welsh Pool Road, Suite 203, Exton, PA

4 KIDS 4 A PARENT S VIEW MAY 2013 Come Hang with Us! Near STAPLES in the Shoppes at Valley Forge. Now Now Enrolling for SUMMER WINTER 15,000 feet of Fantastic Gymnastics! Classes 18 Months to HS Boys Classes & Girls 18 on Months all Olympic to HS Events Tumbling Boys & Girls Trampoline on all Olympic for Cheerleaders Events Tumbling Birthday & Trampoline Parties, Private for Cheerleaders Lessons After-School Birthday Parties, Programs, Private USAG Lessons Teams AfterSchool Summer Programs, Camp USAG Teams Register Today for a PREVIEW Lesson! Call Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville For kids, good eating habits self-perpetuate By LISA MARIE CRANE What percentage of the news today do you calculate is about food, dieting or nutrition? Sometimes it seems like 99 percent. There are food channels, diet contests and nutrition experts all over the tube. There are books, magazines, webzines, documentaries and blogs about food as medicine, food as comfort, and food as entertainment. No wonder so many of us are overweight; all we think about is food. We have an awful lot of nutrition advice thrown at us every day, yet we still can t seem to get our children to eat right. Our national sweet tooth leads us through the Peppermint Forest, past the Molasses Swamp and straight to the Candy Castle. Our kids live a real-world Candy Land adventure when they sip 64- ounce sodas or gobble down a bag of donut holes. So how do we guide our children past the Lollipop Woods and Gumdrop Mountains and onto the path to the Spinach Palace? We take the healthy living bypass. How do we get our kids to eat good food? We hand it to them. A young friend of mine, a good-food crusader, offers her children a healthy treat when they get hungry. Fruit and veggies are their only options. And, they love them. Why? Because they love to dip. Many dips pack on the pounds, but not the ones these kids eat. These add to the nutrition. When my friend offers white dip or yellow dip, she is offering Greek yogurt, or, get ready for this, plain yellow mustard. Have you ever eaten a banana with mustard? Me neither! But her kids just love this treat. Another health-conscious parent involves his kids in the planning and planting of a backyard garden. They scour seed catalogs together in the winter, wait anxiously for the seeds to arrive, start the seedlings in a sunny window and lovingly transplant them in the garden. They can t wait for harvest. They love planning menus for their garden treats. Nothing tastes better than a tomato you grew yourself. My children loved peanut butter. So we offered them Ants on a Log for a treat. Peanut butter-stuffed celery sticks with raisin ants marching along were a big favorite with them. My son loved carrot sticks so much that I made a habit of buying him his own bag. All three got a can of olives in their Christmas stockings. They still don t think Christmas has come until they get their olives. Our daughter, who has traveled the world, once said, There are three great places to eat in the world Italy, Lisa Marie Crane is a mother, a grandmother and a retired public school teacher in Chester County. She is a graduate of West Chester University, and received a master s degree in children s literature from Hollins College. Berkeley, Calif., and our house. All three are places where good food, mostly fruits and veggies, are offered and enjoyed. The good eating habit selfperpetuates. The first time my granddaughter went to camp, she asked Where s the wheat bread? The cook must have heard her because now wheat bread is a staple at camp. In fact, instead of sweet treats for dessert, the campers enjoy grapes, apple slices and kiwi. Do you know how much fun it is to scoop out a kiwi with a spoon? Just like ice cream but so much better for your healthy brain and body. Getting kids to eat right isn t always easy. Just be sure to hand them good food from the very beginning and they will reach for it as they grow. Help them fill their little shopping carts with healthy foods and they will never veer off the healthy-living bypass. Hopefully it is the only bypass they will ever need to live a long and healthy life. LET US PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE KIDS VOLUME 22 NUMBER 3 MAY 2013 A monthly publication of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Page 1 Publishers, Inc. FREE EXAM, X-RAY & CONSULTATION ($ value) New Patients Only SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS NEW EXTENDED HOURS Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 7 am-7 pm Wednesday 8 am-7 pm Friday 8 am-5 pm ERIC N. SHELLY, DMD MARGARET LEE, DMD ERIC A. FORT, DMD 403 N. Five Points Road, West Chester WCDentalArts.com KIDS is sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit and published by Page 1 Publishers, Inc., of Downingtown. KIDS is distributed by the Intermediate Unit in the elementary and middle schools through the voluntary participation of the Avon Grove, Coatesville, Downingtown, Great Valley, Kennett, Octorara, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford, Phoenixville, Tredyffrin-Easttown, Unionville-Chadds Ford and West Chester school districts. Circulation: 40,000 copies The advertisements in this issue do not necessarily represent the views of Chester County's public school districts. KIDS reserves the right to reject any advertising. The Chester County Intermediate Unit and Page 1 Publishers, Inc., are equal opportunity employers. press releases, to: page1publishers@aol.com For advertising information: call or page1publishers@aol.com Sharman Ludwick, Advertising Manager Page 1 Publishers, Inc. P.O. Box Thorndale, Pa., 19372

5 MAY 2013 WEST CHESTER KIDS 5 The next stage is applying the paint. Students construct canoe Ever cognizant of finding ways to empower his students to become selfsufficient individuals and always with an eye to giving back to his community, Mike Dumas, a technology education teacher at Peirce Middle School, West Chester, expects and receives hard work from his middle school students each year. This year Dumas challenged his students to construct a 16-foot wooden canoe from a kit purchased with funding from the West Chester Area Education Foundation. Receiving assistance from teachers Lee Brandon, Josh Reilly, Rick Martin and Diana Chronister, Dumas and his students spent more than 100 hours constructing the canoe. The completed canoe was presented during the Foundation's annual breakfast meeting to George Person and George Gaines from Project Healing Waters, a program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled service personnel. The canoe will be docked in Lewis, Del., and made available to participants in the Healing Waters program. The finished canoe sits in the school lobby before heading to Lewes, Del.

6 KIDS 6 CITADEL HEART OF LEARNING MAY 2013 Rolling out the red carpet for best teachers Fifteen of the county s best teachers will be honored at the 2013 annual Citadel Heart of Learning awards banquet on Tuesday, May 7 Teacher Day USA. The award honors one teacher from each school district in the county as well as a non-public school teacher and a Chester County Intermediate Unit teacher for their heartfelt and exceptional contributions to the children of Chester County. This year s finalists, with a comment from their nominations, include: Avon Grove School District Megan Ahern, Avon Grove High School. Ahern is always available to the students as needed by , after school, weekends and even during vacation. Coatesville Area School District Robert Ross, Coatesville High School. Ross s classroom is an environment where his students are free to express themselves and discover their own stances on various issues. Downingtown Area School District Debra Rooney, Bradford Heights Elementary School. Parents say Rooney runs a tight ship, but their kids are learning and taking ownership and pride in their own work because of her. Great Valley School District Brittany Carlino, Great Valley High School. Carlino takes great pride in both teaching students and being a great colleague. Kennett Consolidated School District Tony Bowling, Kennett Middle School. Students say not only is he a great teacher of science, he helps them set goals for life and figure out how to reach them. Octorara Area School District Charyl Morris, Octorara Intermediate School. Morris cares for students on a personal level - sending food and clothes home to students who have none and donating to various drives at our schools COMING SEPTEMBER 2013! Think Like a Scientist! llc Experimenting with Fun! 2.5-hour Interactive Science Enrichment Classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m. Birthday Parties Contact us for more information: tlascientist@gmail.com Classes located at: Brookworth Plaza 780 Miles Road, Suite G West Chester, PA Children must be 4 years of age by September 1, 2013 to participate. Pictured above (from left) are Dr. Joseph O Brien, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit; 2012 Citadel Heart of Learning winners Kelly Colquitt of Lionville Elementary School, Downingtown; Dr. Delbert Ferster of Owen J. Roberts High School; Bernadette Secrist of Great Valley Middle School; and Michael Schnably, senior vice president of Citadel. and in the community. Owen J. Roberts School District Candis Wiese, Owen J. Roberts High School. A parent says special education teachers are some of the unsung heroes of our education system and often go unnoticed. She has made such an impact on my daughter s life, she should no longer go unnoticed. Oxford Area School District Sue Mendenhall, Oxford Area High School. Students say Mendenhall does a lot outside the classroom, always participating in pep rallies and chaperoning all the school dances and helping out with the senior tailgate breakfast. She truly enjoys her students. Phoenixville Area School District Denise Krisiewicz, East Pikeland Elementary School. Students love to learn because of this teacher. She was honored for her contagious love of science. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District Beverly Jones Bell, Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School. In her 37 years of teaching, she has touched the lives of hundreds of children, parents and colleagues. Twin Valley School District Lisa C. Duncan, Twin Valley High School. A coworker states that Lisa cares about teaching and students, more than any individual I have ever met in my entire life. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Susan Shelley, Unionville High School. Shelley instills in students a love of learning about other cultures. West Chester Area School District Rose Cappelli, Fern Hill Elementary School. Cappelli does not shy away from any challenge and will do anything to benefit her students. Chester County Intermediate Unit Lee Ann Fulmer, Child and Career Development Center. Fulmer makes the journey for families with children who have multiple disabilities so much easier. She celebrates each achievement our children have, with the same enthusiasm, no matter how small. Non-Public Clee Edgar, Upland Country Day School, Kennett Square. Edgar does so much for the Upland community always modest and unassuming, chaperoning every school dance, works behind the scenes for every school stage production, stays long hours after school, in addition to offering assistance to students in and out of the classroom. Finalists will be recognized at a banquet held in their honor. At the banquet, the three Heart of Learning winners will be announced one elementary, middle and high school teacher from among the finalists. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award program was created in a joint effort by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit to recognize and honor excellent teachers throughout the county. One award is presented to a teacher in each of the 13 school districts as well as one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and one from the non-public schools. From the 15 finalists, one high school, one middle school and one elementary school teacher are chosen to receive the Citadel Heart of Learning award. Through the Heart of Learning award, 180 county teachers have been recognized over the past 12 years for their extraordinary dedication to Chester County students. This year s finalists were chosen from more than 2,500 nominations, submitted by students, parents, teachers and administrators. Reading through the accomplishments on the heart-felt nominations that all the finalists received, I was humbled by the personal commitment our county s teachers have made and sustained throughout the years to our students, said Dr. Joseph O Brien, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit. We are very fortunate to have these caring individuals guiding and mentoring our students. For more information about the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, visit

7 MAY 2013 OXFORD KIDS 7 HIS SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AMENITY. Relay for Life fund-raiser Jordan Bank School, Oxford, recently held a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the McDonald s restaurant in Oxford. Students raised $535 for Oxford s Relay for Life. The donation was given by the Ehlers Corp. of West Chester. Oxford s Relay for Life will be at the Oxford High School football stadium/track on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, starting and ending at 4 p.m. In the top photo, Jen Kiebler, a kindergarten classroom aide, and a kindergarten student enjoy dinner. Pictured above are Jordan Bank Principal Dave Hamburg and kindergarten teacher Joan Malone. Each year, more than four million people in more than 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fund-raising walk in which teams camp out around a track. Members of each team take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie. Because it s a team event, individual participants are not required to be present the entire time. For more information, visit RelayForLife.org. Safety. It s why The Chester County Hospital is affiliated with The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia one of the country s leading pediatric hospitals. It s why we have the county s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. And it s why we re the only hospital in Southeastern PA with both CHOP pediatricians and neonatologists onsite around the clock. Highly specialized care for your baby. Peace of mind for you. It s what we deliver daily The Chester County Hospital and Health System ChesterCountyHospital.org

8 KIDS 8 PHOENIXVILLE MAY 2013 Blue ribbon squad The best and the brightest at Barkley Elementary School, Phoenixvllle, brought home blue ribbons from the Chester County Reading Olympics competition on April 4. The Barkley Sleuth Squad consisted of 15 fourth and fifth graders who were selected to represent the Barkley Reading Olympics Club. Throughout the evening, the students participated in three different rounds of questioning. They demonstrated teamwork and team spirit as they successfully responded to more than 60 questions based on 45 selected books. The Reading Olympics Club is new at Barkley this year; each week members have luncheon meetings and book discussions. The plan is to hold a Barkley Reading Olympics based on ideas and questions generated by the students. Kick Butts Day essays Four Phoenixville Area Middle School Students were named in the Top Ten finalists for the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition s Kick Butts Day Youth Essay Contest. Third place winner Mitchell Coll and finalists Julia Yancik, Tara Greenwood and Emily Fabius were invited to read their essays at a reception hosted by the Chester County Health Department at the Government Services Center, West Chester. These essays were selected from the hundreds of entries received from Chester County seventh and eighth grade students. Students wrote personal essays and true stories about their feelings regarding tobacco use and the tobacco industry to make their voices heard as part of Kick Butts Day. The event is sponsored and funded by the Chester County Health Department and members of the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition. The CCTFC s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Chester County residents by reducing tobacco use and addiction among youth and adults. Coll s entry was How Tobacco Affected Me; Yancik s Big Tobacco: Start em Off Young; Greenwood s Tobacco at its Worst; and Fabius The Importance of Tobacco-Free Environments.

9 MAY 2013 DOWNINGTOWN KIDS 9 Fourth grade Downingtown students see how erosion increases with rain events, causing water quality problems. Why is the Brandywine Creek so brown after a rainfall? How much water in the world is fresh and clean enough for us to use? What impact can an individual have on stream health? These were some of the questions that were answered for fourth graders at Shamona Creek, Beaver Creek and Uwchlan Hills elementary schools, Downingtown, in March and April when they participated in Brandywine Valley Association s Red Streams Blue school programs. Funded by a grant, the RSB program highlights the sections of the Brandywine Creek that are impaired (red streams), the sections that are unimpaired (blue streams), and the sections that are exceptional (very blue). The Brandywine is a major source of drinking water for most of the area but is, unfortunately, more impaired than exceptional. Rotating through eight interactive stations, led by trained parent volunteers, students learned about the watersheds they live in; how much fresh water is available to us; how soil cleans water; Students, participating in the Brandywine Valley Association s Red Streams Blue school program, observe how soil actually cleans water. Students can do their part as Watershed Warriors how water cycles through the community; who is affected by water pollution; how the community has grown, increasing runoff that contributes to stream pollution and erosion; and what individuals can do to decrease their contribution to stream degradation. Watershed is such an important concept and something that kids at this age can really understand. As such, I think they could do their own small part as Watershed Warriors, said one trained parent volunteer, One student, in summing things up, said, I loved learning how to keep our environment safe. I loved the station where you learn how to keep our rivers safe just by making a few changes to your property. I am definitely going to try to make some changes. Another created a mantra, If everyone helps a little, together we can do a lot. For more information about the Brandywine Valley Association s Red Streams Blue school program, call or visit watershed.org.

10 KIDS 10 KENNETT/UNIONVILLE-CHADDS FORD MAY 2013 Older students reach out to younger ones Some Kennett High School juniors and seniors are skipping lunch and study halls to sit in tiny chairs at low tables to help others learn. They help students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center recite the alphabet, recognize numbers and sound out words. Students answered the call from Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, assistant high school principal, to help young students and their teachers. She created Reach Out to the Community to allow students to assist elementary teachers, give back to the school community, and enhance their marketability for the 21st century. Students in good standing give up a double-period lunch/study hall or two study halls and make their way to the kindergarten center and Bancroft and Greenwood elementary schools at least one day a week to give back to their academic community. Marybeth Kufen, a teacher at Lang, said, We put our students through elementary school, send them on up through middle school and high school. It makes sense to cycle them back around to support the community that enriched them. Dr. Jenkins reinstituted ROC this year after a four-year hiatus, at which time she had two children. Last year she discussed the semester-long program with school board members and reinstated it in fall Thirty-five students volunteered for the first and second semesters at Mary D. Lang, five at Bancroft and one at Greenwood. Their efforts amounted to 170 hours of extra classroom help each week, when combining hours from both semesters. Sometimes, I wonder what we d do without them (ROC students), said Carla Horn, Mary D. Lang principal. We get so much more learning done with their help. Jessica Castillo, a senior, said she used to set up a classroom and play school with her cousins when she was little. Now, she walks from the high school to Mary D. Lang to help Kufen and her students every day for two hours. As she enters the classroom, students run up to hug her. Sean Kelley, 5, said, Miss Jessica is nice. She helps us do sentences when we do a book, said Brian Flores, 5. Castillo sat with three students and sounded out words with them, so they could write them in their books. I see a see-aaal looking at me. Good job! Kufen said, I think she s more patient with them than I am sometimes. Around the corner in Kelly Schwendeman s class, senior Caroline Dunlevy led a discussion about types of buildings in a community. Where do you go if you are sick? Kennett High School senior Jessica Castillo sounds out words with Brandon Arellano and Landon Kelly at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. Students waved their hands, wanting to be called on. A hospital, one answered. Right, said Dunlevy as she drew a red cross on a flip chart to represent a hospital. She also works one-on-one with students struggling with concepts. Caroline is wonderful and the kids adore her. She will try to do anything I ask, like prepping materials and running classroom activities, said Schwendeman. Several other ROC students assist her on different days of the week. In kindergarten, you need all the hands that you can get. Each student helps make for a smoother classroom with more individualized attention. High schoolers have so much to offer, said Schwendeman. Jane Henry, Mary D. Lang administrative assistant, said, They re so responsible and the kids like them. It s like they re staff. Dunlevy finds her volunteer efforts rewarding. It s fun to see the progress in ones who needed more help. (Continued on page 12) Art After School club: be better and have fun The call went out at the Patton Middle School, Unionville-Chadds Ford: Do you like to use your imagination? Would you like to spend more time in the art room with other creative kids? Art After School, an art activity club was forming. And, the students responded, guaranteed to have fun making things and to become better artists. Each of the three sessions, the last ending May 9, was four weeks in length, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-4 p.m. The classes are taught by art teacher Ann Ferron. Students work in two-dimensional art such as drawing and painting for two weeks followed by three-dimensional sculpture media, including clay, for the final two weeks. All projects have been new and do not repeat any artwork students may have made in class.

11 MAY 2013 GREAT VALLEY/OWEN J. ROBERTS KIDS 11 String Fest participants Six Great Valley fifth grade students recently participated in the 2013 District 12 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association 5/6 String Fest. In advance of the evening concert, students worked with guest conductor Nancy Hambleton- Torrente, orchestra director at Yorktown Middle School and High School and long-time director of the Eastern String Educators Workshop. Great Valley student participants were (from left): Kenneth Yang (Charlestown Elementary School), Alan Xu (General Wayne Elementary School), Skyler Hiltebeitel (Charlestown), John Li (Charlestown), Jessica Langlois (Sugartown Elementary School) and Luke Liu (K.D. Markley Elementary School). They are pictured with Great Valley teacher Joy Deminski. The District 12 PMEA 5/6 String Fest included 109 students from Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties who are considered the top student string players in the region. Silver Key winner Great Valley High School senior Samantha Stern recently earned four Silver Key Awards from the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. The Silver Key Awards are for excellence in artwork. Stern, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, plans to study fashion merchandising. PAEP is the regional partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization that recognizes teen-agers with exceptional creative talent through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The program offers recognition in 27 diverse categories, including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, poetry, dramatic script, fashion, animation and video games. The awards are open to all students in grades 7-12 from public, private and home schools throughout the United States. Only 15 percent of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards. East Coventry theater club earns big Ye-Ha! Students at East Coventry Elementary School, Owen J. Roberts, recently presented their musical comedy production of Ye-Ha! In the show, Mad Dog McNut and his gang are running wild and Wilbur Hubbard, cowardly cook at the Fordoor Saloon, lands the job no-one wants Sheriff of Splodge. Luckily for Wilbur, Billie-Jo Brisket and her faithful steed Lightning roll into town to lend a hand, and suddenly the race is on to save the town. It was a rootin tootin tale of crazy cowboys, barmy baddies, masked heroes and hidden gold. Fifty-three students in grades two-through-six participated in this year s PTA drama club, a 10-week, after-school program. The students spent their time learning the basics of theater while preparing for a final performance for family, friends and members of the community.

12 KIDS 12 ACADEMIC COMPETITION MAY 2013 Conestoga heads to state academic competition By STACY OSOSKIE The Chester County Academic Competition season was once again a demonstration of the robust academic talent in Chester County schools. However, after 28 regular season matches, three semifinal matches and one championship match, only one team remains that will represent Chester County at the Pennsylvania State Academic Competition this month. The recent varsity championship match at the Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine Campus featured teams from Unionville, West Chester East and Conestoga high schools. In a match that kept audience members guessing until the end, Conestoga left with the trophy, bragging rights and a berth in the state competition. Conestoga captain Michael Bennett, a team member his entire high school career, said holding the championship trophy was something he had hoped for all four years. I think we ve got a really, really supportive team, said Bennett. There were a couple of times in the match when I turned to the guy next to me and cringed after I thought I had messed up, and he just told me don t worry about it. None of us hesitated to do that to the person sitting next to us because we are really tight knit. The first round of the varsity finals showed the skills of the three teams. The score read Conestoga and West Chester East tied at 45, following by Unionville with 35. Conestoga coach Michael Cruz, said close competition between county teams is a yearly occurrence. Chester County is one of the toughest divisions and we really enjoy facing off against neighboring schools, said Cruz. Each year, you never know who will be Poster winner Ellie Matson, a third grade student at K.D. Markley Elementary School, Great Valley, recently earned second place in the Pennsylvania Dental Association s 2013 National Children s Dental Health Month statewide poster contest. Matson s poster colorfully depicted the 5 Steps to a Winning Smile. She numbered and illustrated the five steps brush, floss, rinse, checkups and healthy foods below a gold medal necklace displaying #1 and a bright, white tooth on the medallion. Matson will receive a $250 prize. Her poster was selected for a prize from more than 200 creative entries submitted to the PDA central office for judging. The contest was open to third grade students in any Pennsylvania public, private or charter school. It is estimated that 20,000 third grade students across Pennsylvania participated in this year s poster contest. For more information on dental health topics, visit padental.org. the top competitors, but we love keeping up with them. Though the second round proved to be just as hard fought, Conestoga took a small lead. The score read Conestoga 95, Unionville 85 and West Chester East 70;. West Chester East and Unionville fought until the end, but were unable to trump Conestoga in the third round. After the third round, Conestoga was announced as the champion. Final score was Conestoga 130, Unionville 120 and West Chester East 110. Jennifer Shealy, Chester County Intermediate Unit special events coordinator, said 21 county high schools began competing in October in a collegebowl format where students answered challenging questions in subject areas that included literature, math, science, American and world history, geography, and current events. The teams who accumulated the highest number of points during the regular season then competed in semifinals matches in February in order to earn the right to compete in the championship match. The Chester County Academic competition, now in its 29th year, is sponsored by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, and is coordinated by the IU. Following the championship match, FMFCU awarded scholarships to the three varsity teams. Conestoga was awarded $2,000, Unionville $1,000 and West Chester East $500. The academic competition gives these students a chance to shine, to show off how much they ve learned, and to work together as a team, said Cruz. It also showcases the contributions of the students, their parents, their teachers and the principals, so it s all encompassing. It s truly about academics and learning, and that makes it a great activity for students. Pictured above, following the scholarship presentation for Conestoga s first-place victory from competition sponsor Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, are (front, from) Ryan Buchmann, Youth Education specialist for Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union; students Kevin Li, Michael Bennett and Ary Swaminathan, Conestoga coach Michael Cruz, Laura Mikowychok, marketing and admissions manager for the Chester County Intermediate Unit, James Stoddard, Chester County Academic Competition quizmaster; Jennifer Shealy, special events coordinator for the IU; and (back, from left) students Robert Tang, Manasvi Ramanujam, Dennison Richter and Suproteem Sarkar. Conestoga will represent Chester County at the Pennsylvania State Academic Competition in Harrisburg on May 3. It will be joined by West Chester Henderson which will compete as the back-to-back reigning state champion. According to Bennett, the team will continue its typical playoff practice regimen in the weeks leading up to the state competition. I d say we ll most likely have two practices per week at this point, and also it never hurts to keep ourselves up to date on current events, said Bennett. I can t speak for my teammates, but I personally read a lot of online news like the New York Times to keep up on what is going on in the world today. The junior varsity championship was claimed by Downingtown East High School for the second year in a row. The final score was Downingtown East 110, West Chester East 95 and Conestoga 90. All county academic teams will be recognized this month at an awards luncheon hosted by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. At the luncheon, Franklin Mint will honor the championship teams, the Chester County All-Star Team, the Coach of the Year and the Competitor of the Year. The championship matches were streamed live via CCiTV, the IU s Internet TV station, and are available for viewing at For more information on the competition, visit (Stacy Ososkie is a communications specialists in the public relations department of the Chester County Intermediate Unit.) Reach Out... (Continued from page 10) She helps students identify letters and numbers, work on arts and crafts, and takes part in science projects. They (students) made fun of me because I had to wear safety goggles while we did an experiment. The ROC experience confirms for Castillo that she wants to major in education in college. Her biggest challenge in committing to help at Mary D. Lang five days a week is walking between schools in bad weather. But, when I come here (Lang) and see the kids, I get happy. Jessica is a smart, hard-working young woman and it s a pleasure to have her in our classroom, said Kufen. Besides working with the students, Castillo cuts out shapes, copies papers, fixes the chairs, picks up baskets and cleans up. It s always helpful to have an extra pair of hands, but the kids really respond to having a high school student in the classroom, said Kufen. Seeing the value of the students volunteering to help kindergarten students learn, Horn said, I hope we can do this in future years. Dr. Jenkins has found in ROC exit interviews that these students have a new found respect for the work teachers do on a daily basis. (This story was submitted for publication by Krisp Communications, Gilbertsville, the official communication consultant of record for the Kennett Consolidated School District.)

13 MAY 2013 DOWNINGTOWN/BOOKS KIDS 13 Bell restored As a community service project, members of Brownie Troop third grade students at Bradford Heights Elementary School, 1330 Romig Rd., Downingtown recently restored a bell that used to hang at the former oneroom school house on Romig Road. The one-room school house educated Downingtown students from 1876 to Susanna Elston Romig and her husband, Robert Trexler Romig, a former student at the school, bought the school house in 1949, remodeled it and made it their home. A few years before her death in March 2011, Mrs. Romig gave the original school bell to Bradford Heights as a gift. The project, which was suggested by Principal Dr. Michael Solon, was completed on March 12. The bell rests in front of the flagpole at the school s entrance. The stone arch that houses the bell was created and constructed by Don Landsman of Old World Masonry, Downingtown. The bell was cleaned, painted and readied for display by David O Reilly of Reilly Remodeling, Downingtown. Both contractors donated their time and a good portion of the materials necessary The Brownies held fund-raisers and sold Girl Scout cookies to raise enough money to pay for remaining materials needed to complete the project. Good time for good books By ANN MARIE FLETCHER-MOORE The weather has finally sprung. Take this perfect opportunity to grab a book and enjoy the day. Picture books, ages 4-to-7 years Stream Train, Dream Train, written by Sherri Duskey Rinkler and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle Books, $16.99). A perfect story for young readers, the illustrations are peaceful with many shades of blue that offer a calming end to a busy day. The story is written in rhyme and many animals are the main characters. The animals are busy loading the train as it pulls up to the station to get ready for the next stop... bedtime. Young readers, ages 5-to-8 years Geronimo Stilton # 53 Rumble in the Jungle, written by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic, Inc. $6.99). Geronimo Stilton has a fun and interactive series for second and third graders. The pages are colorful with key words highlighted. The newest adventure Rumble In The Jungle focuses on the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Stilton is in search of a rare crystal that was taken from a tribe that lives in the Amazon. On his journey, Geronimo comes face to face with snakes and other scary creatures. This is another exciting adventure for Geronimo. Middle readers, ages 7-to-10 years The Center of Everything, written by Linda Urban (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.99). Ruby Pepperdine s world may be turned upside down, and she is not sure what will happen. Ruby is supposed to read her winning essay about her town at the Bunning Day celebration. Her town was named after Capt. Cornelius Bunning, who invented the donut. First, she wants everything back to normal before her grandmother dies. Secondly, she has a secret wish that she wants to happen. Ruby has so many things to think about for a 12- year-old. She has to work her way through all the questions to find the answer about what will happen. GOSHEN PROFESSIONAL CENTER 1246 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA FREE ORTHODONTIC EXAMINATION WE TAKE PRIDE IN PAINLESS DENTISTRY Tickle Tooth Dental...a caring touch THE MIRACLE OF LASER DENTISTRY No Needles for Numbing No Drilling No Scary Sounds YOUR COMFORT IS OUR FIRST CONCERN TV s in every exam room Reception room filled with toys & activities for younger kids Treasure Box rewards at the end of each appointment Sugarless treats as a par ting gift DR. ERIC FELIX and ASSOCIATES South Pottstown Pike Exton, P A MOTHER S DAY EXPRESS Sunday, May 12 Take Mom for a scenic train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and back. Trains depart Market Street Station at noon and 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online: Adults $15 Children (ages 2-12) $13 Toddlers ride free MOMS ONLY $5 MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL Sunday, May 26 Enjoy a scenic train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and back. Trains depart Market Street Station at noon and 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online: Adults $15 Children (ages 2-12) $13 THE WEST CHESTER RAILROAD Call for Information Visit our web site:

14 KIDS 14 AVON GROVE/OCTORARA MAY 2013 High school music program earns festival kudos Avon Grove High School s music program sent a number of student groups (pictured above at right) to the Heritage Music Festival in Annapolis, Md., April to compete. Four groups came home with gold superior ratings, five earned silver excellent ratings, three individual students earned awards and a number of Avon Grove music groups earned special awards for high scores. In the music competitions, the Avon Grove Chorale, Women s Choir, Wind Ensemble and Color Guard all earned a gold, superior rating, the highest possible rating. These groups have been invited to participate in the prestigious Festivals of Gold. These exclusive competitive events, held in several major cities in the United States, are only open to top music groups that have earned superior ratings. The Avon Grove Orchestra, Men s Choir, Concert Band, Bel Canto and Concert Choir all received silver, excellent ratings, the second highest possible rating. The Avon Grove Wind Ensemble won the Overall Instrumental Award scoring better than all the other bands. The Avon Grove choirs and bands earned awards for having multiple ensembles with the highest scores. The Avon Grove choirs and bands also earned the Total Music Program Award for having the combined highest cumulative music department average scores of all participating choirs and bands. The following individuals (pictured from left, photo top left) received the Maestro Award and were honored for their outstanding solos and individual musicianship: Lindsay Saienni (piccolo), Katie Dinsmore (vocals) and Marcus Forst (trombone). In addition to competing, the students participated in clinics with distinguished music educators and attended educational performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Naval Academy Men s Glee Club. Principals for an hour The Octorara Primary Learning Center has a school-wide behavior program that uses the GYRO card system G (green), Y (yellow), R (red), O (orange). When students make good choices and stay on green, they earn points that they can redeem for different rewards. The school has a prize cart that s brought to each classroom once a month for students to redeem their points. They can pick a tangible prize off the cart or they can sign up for different fun activities, including white board doodle time, Wii time, becoming principal for an hour, reading to their chosen classes, wearing pajamas, eating in the beloved tee-pee in the cafeteria and painting ceiling tiles. During the past month, a lot of students choose to be the principal by redeeming 75 points. They arrived at school in professional attire and learned what it takes to be principal. They shadowed Principal Lisa McNamara and did what she did. Two such principals for an hour are pictured second grader Cole Shatto (above) and, at right, second grader Ava Hurley, with McNamara.

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16 KIDS 16 FOR MOMS MAY 2013 La Leche League La Leche League meetings in Chester County: Helping mothers to breastfeed through motherto-mother support, encouragement, information and education. Info: beanmom.com/laleche. Downingtown La Leche League meets on the fourth Tuesday each month. Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. 7:30 p.m. Fathers, mothers-to-be and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: Exton-Lionville La Leche League meets Wednesday, May 8. Exton Community Baptist Church office building, 114 E. Swedesford Rd., Exton. 7:30 p.m. Expecting and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: Kimberton La Leche League meets Tuesday, May 14. Centennial Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Rd., Kimberton. 9:30 a.m. Topics: Extended Nursing, Benefits and Challenges, Loving Guidance and Gentle Discipline. Expecting and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: La Leche League of Glenmoore-Elverson meets Monday, May 20. Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, Rt. 322, Glenmoore. 10 a.m. Expecting and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: La Leche League of Southern Chester County meets Wednesday, May 15. Avondale Presbyterian Church, 420 Pennsylvania Ave., Avondale. 9:45 a.m. Expecting and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: or La Leche League of West Chester will meet Wednesday, May 15. Room 240, West Chester Borough Building, 401 E. Gay St., West Chester. 9:30 a.m. Expecting and nursing mothers, and their babies, welcome. Info: MOMS Club MOMS Clubs of Chester County. Info on any of the 18 chapters in the county: MOMS Club of Chadds Ford meets monthly. Brandywine Baptist Church, Baltimore Pike (Rt. 1), Chadds Ford. 9:30 a.m. All mothers and children living in Unionville-Chadds Ford School District welcome (babysitting available). Web site: meetup.com/the-moms-club-of-chadds-ford. MOMS Club of Coatesville meets each month. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 17th Avenue, Coatesville. 9:30 a.m. All at-home mothers and their children welcome to attend two meetings for free before deciding to join. Info: or momsclub ofcoatesvillepa.com MOMS Club of Downingtown (East Ward, Bradford Heights, West Bradford and Beaver Creek elementary schools) meets monthly. Stay-at-home moms and their children welcome. Meeting location MOMS Club of East Brandywine-Downingtown meets each month. Wallace Township Building, Creek Rd., Glenmoore. 9:30-11 a.m. Support group for stay-at-home moms and their children in East Brandywine, Caln and Wallace townships, including Glenmoore and parts of Downingtown borough, and areas served by Brandywine-Wallace and Springton Manor elementary schools in Downingtown Area School District. Info: eastbrandywinemomsclub.webs.com. MOMS Club of Exton East meets on the fourth Wednesday each month. 10 a.m. Support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Info: MOMS Club of Exton West. Support group for stay-at-home moms and their children whose homes are west of Route 100/Pottstown Pike which includes parts of Exton, Downingtown and West Chester. For meeting times and more information, MOMS Club of Great Valley meets on the third Thursday each month. Malvern United Methodist Church, 16 Monument Ave. 10 a.m. Info: MOMS Club of Jennersville meets on the second Monday each month. 9:30 a.m. Open to moms in London Grove, New London and Penn townships and West Grove Borough. Info: moms. MOMS Club of Kennett Square meets on the second Thursday each month. 10 a.m. Children welcome. Info: Greater Avon Grove Area MOMS Club meets on the second Tuesday each month. 9:30 a.m. Vineyard Christian Fellowship at the Barn, 3224 Appleton Rd., Landenberg. 9:30 a.m. Moms and kids welcome. MOMS Club of Lionville meets on the third Monday each month. 10 a.m. All at-home moms and their children in the Lionville Elementary School boundaries of Downingtown Area School District are welcome. MOMS Club of New London meets on the second Tuesday each month. New London Presbyterian Church, Rt :30-11:30 a.m. For mothers in the Oxford, Nottingham and Lincoln University areas. Info: , or MOMS Club of Octorara Area meets on the third Thursday each month. 9:30 a.m. Support group for stay-at-home mothers in the Octorara Area and Pequea Valley school districts. Meeting location info: momsclubofoctorara.club Character Counts.officelive.com. MOMS Club of Oxford meets on the first Friday each month. Oxford Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford. 10:30 a.m.-noon. For mothers in the Oxford, Nottingham and Lincoln University areas of Oxford Area School District. MOMS Club of Phoenixville-East Pikeland meets on the first Wednesday each month. Support group serves stay-at-home mothers, parttime working mothers and their children. Info: phoenixvilleepmoms.org. MOMS Club of Pickering Valley meets on the first Monday each month. All part-time and fulltime at-home mothers in the Pickering Valley Elementary School area of Downingtown Area School District welcome. Info: momsclubpv.webs.com. MOMS Club of Thornbury meets on the last Tuesday each month. 9:45 a.m. All mothers and children living in or near Thornbury Township, Delaware County, welcome. Babysitting available. Info/location: MOMS Club of Twin Valley meets on the fourth Monday each month. 10 a.m. Village Library, Morgantown. All at-home mothers in the Morgantown and Honey Brook areas of Twin Valley School District welcome. Info: MOMS Club of Uwchlan Hills meets at various times and locations each month, frequently at St. Paul s United Church of Christ, 101 Worthington Rd., Exton. Moms whose children attend Uwchlan Hills Elementary School in Downingtown Area School District are welcome. for meeting times and information: uhmoms@gmail.com. Web site: MOMS Club of Valley Forge-Phoenixville East meets on the third Friday each month. First Presbyterian Church, Main and Morgan streets, Phoenixville. 9:30 a.m. All mothers and children welcome. Info: MOMS Club of Spring City-Vincent meets on the first Friday each month 10 a.m. All mothers and their children living in the areas served by East Vincent, East Coventry and French Creek Terra Baptiste, Katie Hyland, Shane Sweeney, Lauren Sweeney, Griffin Barrouk, Evan Wittman and Ryan Wittman, members of Character Counts at Penn Wood Elementary School, West Chester, add to the more than 1,100 boxes collected for the Chester County Food Bank s Weekend Backpack Program. The program ensures that students who rely upon free or reduced meals at school have enough to eat over the weekend. A backpack filled with nutritional snacks and meals is distributed to these students on Fridays during the school year. The Downingtown-based food bank is a non-profit organization that collects, grows, processes, stores and distributes food to those who serve the hungry in Chester County. elementary schools in Owen J. Roberts School District are welcome. Web site: MOMS Club of West Chester-East usually meets on the third Thursday of each month. 9:30 a.m. Meeting times and locations may vary. All mothers and children residing in the zip code are welcome. Info: momsclubwce@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of West Chester-West meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Meeting days and locations may change from month to month. 10 a.m. All mothers and children residing in zip code area welcome. Info: or momsclubwcwest@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of West Vincent meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Full- or parttime at-home mothers and their children residing within the boundaries of the West Vincent Elementary School of the Owen J. Roberts School District are welcome. Info: momsclubwv.org. info@momsclubwv.org. Others Preemie Parent Support Group. A free support group for parents of pre-term babies currently in the NCIU or at home meets on the fourth Thursday each month. 6:30-8 p.m. Meeting room Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Dr., Chester Springs. Info: Melissa Anstine at melissa@thepreemielife.com. Mothers of Preschoolers in the Downingtown area meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 W. Devon Dr., Downingtown. All mothers of children newborn to kindergarten age are welcome. Info: , or Mothers of Preschoolers in southern Chester County. Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Route 896 and Gypsy Hill Road near Route 841. There will be a children s clothing and toy resale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18, at Cornerstone Church. Cash only. Baby, children s and maternity clothing; toys, books, games and baby equipment to be available. Info: Web site: cornerstonepca.com. Mothers of Preschoolers in West Chester meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 9:30-11 a.m. Meadowcroft Presbyterian Church, 1255 Westtown Rd., West Chester. All mothers of children newborn to kindergarten age are welcome. Childcare is available. Info: kagraf@geo-graf.com. Chester County/Main Line chapter of Mothers & More meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Upper Main Line YMCA Carriage House, 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Road, Berwyn. Info: Web site: mainlinemothersand more.com. mainlinemothers@gmail.com. PHACT (Parents Having Allergic Children Team) provides support, information and awareness for Chester County area families and their children who have food allergies. New members are welcome. Web site: WorkNotes.com/PA/Chester Co/PHACT. Nursing Mothers of Southern Chester County meets on the third Tuesday each month. West Grove Presbyterian Church, W. Evergreen Street. 7 p.m. Expecting and nursing mothers and their babies welcome. Info: West Chester Nursing Mothers, a breastfeeding support group, meets on the first Thursday each month. United Church of Christ, Rt. 352 and Greenhill Road, East Goshen. 10 a.m. Parents, babies and children welcome. Info: Nursing Mothers of Wayne-Paoli-King of Prussia and surrounding areas meets on the fourth Thursday each month. St. Luke s Lutheran Church, Valley Forge and Conestoga roads, Devon. Enjoy the company of other nursing and pregnant moms. Info: Web site: mothersalliance.org. The Chester County Mothers of Multiples Club meets on the third Thursday each month. All mothers of multiples and those expecting multiples welcome. Web site: ccmomc@hotmail.com. Downingtown Area School District Parent Support Group meets in the Staff Development Room 5, Downingtown Area School District Administration Building, 540 Trestle Place, Downingtown. All are welcome. Info: groups. yahoo.com/group/dasdspecialedsupport. Following Adoption: A Support Group for Parents. Group meets each month in West Chester to discuss issues concerning school, discipline, behavior problems, and attachment. Info: info@following adoption.com. Web site: adoption.com. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale. Help for anyone looking to stop drinking. Recovery program for alcoholism. Info: Food Allergy Support Group for Unionville- Chadds Ford area parents. Ask questions and share ideas with others dealing with the complexities of food allergies in their children. Kelli at Kelliannd2003@yahoo.com. Moxie Moms of the Philadelphia Suburbs is a social and savings network. In addition to monthly social events, the group has a savings network made up of local businesses that provides exclusive discounts. Info: Web site: moxie-moms.com/paphillysuburbs/index.php. Facebook: Moxie Moms of the Philadelphia Suburbs.

17 MAY 2013 HEALTH, MIND & BODY KIDS 17 Carbohydrate counting: Does it really matter? By MOLLIE MOLIN Carbohydrate or carb counting is a term associated with people who have diabetes. Carb counting is the foundation of the diabetic diet and helps people with diabetes regulate their blood glucose levels. What about those persons who do not have diabetes? Well, ironically, the diabetic diet is healthy for everybody. Carb counting is closely related to portion control and is the best way to teach people to recognize what they are eating. People typically learn about this from a registered dietitian or other health professional. It is usually learned after the diagnosis of a disease like diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Carbohydrates, used by the body for energy, are broken down to sugar when digested. Carbohydrates include foods such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, fruit, milk, juice or desserts. Carbohydrates are counted in grams and converted to portions; one portion has 15g of carbohydrates. The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act requires most food and beverages to have a nutrition label which shows specific nutrition and ingredient labeling. You can find the nutrient content for food without a nutrition label by visiting pal.com or The nutrition facts label at right is for egg rigatoni. Look at the serving size first, one serving equals three ounces (one cup of cooked pasta). Next look at the Total Carbohydrate, which equals 47g (the fiber and sugar are already included in this category). This means for every cup of pasta you eat, your body is getting 47g of carbohydrates. Since one portion of carbohydrates is 15g, divide the 47g by 15g and you are eating about three portions of carbohydrates. It is appropriate for most people to eat about 5 portions of carbohydrates per meal, or a minimum of 200g of carbohydrates per day. Children tend to eat snacks in addition to meals, so aim for three carb portions at each meal and two carb portions for each snack. Using the egg rigatoni as our example if we are going to eat five portions of carbohydrates that would include one cup of cooked pasta (three portions), eight ounces of milk (one portion) and an apple (one portion) for a total of five portions. To make the meal complete, include a salad and tomato sauce with meat, all of which contain negligible carbohydrates, but are important to include in a healthy diet. What happens if you eat more carbohydrate portions than you need? All excess calories are converted to fat and stored for future need. This could lead to obesity, heart disease and or type 2 diabetes. (Mollie Molin, a graduate student at Immaculata University, is an intern for Chester County Women Infants and Children, a supplemental nutrition program providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support and healthy foods at no cost to eligible women and children. For more information, call ) Fun run/walk to benefit Justice4PAKids Justice4PAKids will hold a 5K walk or run and a one-mile fun run on Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m. on the Chester Valley Trail, 140 Church Farm La., Exton. The event is to honor victims of child sexual abuse. Justice4PAKids is a coalition of child and victim advocates, lawyers, mental health professionals and concerned citizens dedicated to eliminating the Pennsylvania statutes of limitations for childhood sexual abuse. Several Chester County elected officials are expected to attend, including Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, Assistant DA Pat Carmody, state Rep. Duane Milne (R-167) of Malvern and Philadelphia City Councilman Denny O Brien. The timed race will include prizes for first, second and third place finishers with T-shirts for all participants. Free pizza from Seasons Pizza, Malvern, and free snacks from Herr s, Nottingham, will be available. Every child will receive a goodie bag filled with such things as free bounce time at Bounce U, Exton; a free game at The Bowling Palace, Downingtown; coupons for Rita s water ice and the Dairy Queen and more. Entry fees are $20 for preregistration and $25 on race day. To register as a runner or walker, stop into the Chester County Running Store, West Chester, or visit Where kids can be kids, teens can talk, and families can heal... Child, Adolescent & Family Counseling Parent Support & Education Creative and compassionate strategies addressing *Depression *Anxiety *Stress Management *School Struggles *Divorce/Stepfamily Issues *Friendship Problems *Self-Injury *Co-Parenting Challenges *Coping Skills *Conflict Resolution *Disordered Eating *Mood Management *Relationship Problems *Low Self-Esteem Call Jill today for a free consultation to discuss your needs. (610) B Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA

18 KIDS 18 HEALTH, MIND & BODY MAY 2013 First rule of mowing grass: keep your kids safe A nicely manicured lawn is what many homeowners strive for in the spring and summer months. But lawn mowers can be dangerous, even deadly especially so for children. Spinning blades, flying objects and runaway machines pose serious risks to you and your loved ones. However, you can keep yourself and your children safe by following these simple guidelines, provided by The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia. Read and follow your mower s instruction manual. Keep your lawn mower in good condition with regular maintenance; make sure all safety equipment is in place. Do a once-over of the lawn before you begin mowing. Pick up any branches, twigs or stones that can get launched by the lawn mower. Wear appropriate clothing, including closed-toe shoes and snug-fitting clothes. Don't allow your children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers. Don t mow the lawn in bad weather or if it s getting dark. Don t mow wet grass. Remember that mowers can throw objects great distances at high speed. Don t even start the lawn mower until you re sure your children are safely away from the mowing area, well out of range. Don t assume that just because you shooed them away, your children won t wander back. Kids love machinery and lawn mowers are no exception. Make sure they stay off the lawn. Avoid mowing in reverse whenever possible, and if you must back up, check behind you before you do. Be sure to turn your mower off right away if it strikes an object. If the mower is damaged, don t use it until it has been fixed. Children less than 12 years of age should never use a walk-behind or hand mower. To operate a ride-on mower, children must be at least 16 years old. Be sure to teach your child how to use the lawn mower safely. Supervise his work until you are certain he can do it solo. (This story appears courtesy of The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia.) GIVE YOUR CHILD A GREAT DENTAL VISIT!! A dental office where your child actually likes to come A fully digital office which uses at least 90 percent less radiation than normal X-rays... and we re also a mercury-free office! BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD FUN ATMOSPHERE TVs, video games, coloring books, prizes and stickers. It salmost as much fun as being at home. Why see a pediatric dentist? Find out at ERIC I. FELIX, D.M.D. SHAWN COLBERT, D.M.D. CARLA GUZMAN, D.D.S. DAVID S. IGLEWICZ, D.M.D. ROBYN E. IVKER, D.M.D. FRIENDLY, HIGHLY SKILLED DENTIST & STAFF that uses the very latest in technology to treat your child as one of our family Specializing in treating only children with training in child psychology/management Tooth-colored white fillings Many procedures done without shots FRIENDLY GENTLE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Good dentistry is more than excellent clinical skills. Establishing relationships with our patients based upon trust ancommunication is our hall mark. Our staff is completely dedicated to caring for children with the highest quality service. The resultis a fun atmosphere where your child canget the type of care to keep their teeth healthy for life. THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS AN INITIAL DENTAL VISIT BY THE AGE OF 1 Voted Top Dentists Main Line available CALL TODAY! YOU LL BE GLAD YOU DID!! Your Child Will Grow Up Liking the Dentist! GET A GREAT START ON A LIFETIME OF GOOD DENTISTRY! 2901 Dutton Mill Rd. Aston Baltimore Pike Chadds Ford State Road Drexel Hill Lincoln Hwy. Downingtown W. Baltimore Pike Suite 203, West Grove

19 KIDS 20 HEALTH, MIND & BODY MAY 2013 YOU HAVE SEARCHED FOR THE RIGHT PEDIATRICIAN. NOW IT IS TIME TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PEDIATRIC DENTIST. Dr. Carolyn Loughlin is a graduate of Georgetown University, St. Christopher s Hospital for Children, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and mother of three. Did you know that a child should have his/her first visit with a pediatric dentist by one year of age? As a specialist trained to care for infants, children and adolescents, Dr. Loughlin can provide the special attention they deserve and make their dental visits enjoyable and educational experiences. Carolyn A. Loughlin, D.D.S. Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry You and your child will instantly feel at ease in our office, a beautifully restored Victorian home. We at Chestnut Dental Associates provide complete family dental care. Dr. Carl Horchos, her husband, offers a full range of adult and cosmetic dentistry. We are located just minutes from the Route 30 bypass and a 15-minute drive from the Downingtown/Exton area! 319 EAST CHESTNUT STREET, COATESVILLE, PA TELEPHONE: Swimming programs: Be active and learn safety By THE YMCA of the BRANDYWINE VALLEY Summertime means pool time for many children and adults, and as they venture to their favorite spots to swim, play and create lasting memories, the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley reminds swimmers to practice safety when in or around the water. This May, the Y is recognizing National Water Safety Month to raise awareness of this issue. As part of its commitment to strengthening community through youth development and healthy living, the Y offers a variety of swim programs that teach water safety skills and give children and adults the chance to explore the many health benefits of swimming. Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina, said Nic Legere, aquatic director for the Jennersville Y, West Grove. The Y encourages all children and adults to learn how to swim. It s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day. The Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water: Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone. Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm s reach. Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities. Swimming is a life-long skill that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. Among its many benefits, swimming teaches children life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so they can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. Swimming also motivates participants to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. Finally, swimming is a great way to help more children be physically active. Only 19 percent of U. S. children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, according to the latest findings of the YMCA s Family Health Snapshot a survey that gauges children s activity levels during the school year. So, before you head for the pool, beach or lake this summer, make sure that your kids are ready for a safe, active summer of water fun! (For more information on the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley, visit www. ymcabwv.org.) the only fulltime pediatric ophthalmologist in town Specializing in: 795 East 440 Marshall East Marshall Street, Street Suite 103 West Chester Board Certified Fellowship Trained Member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

20 MAY 2013 HEALTH, MIND & BODY KIDS 21 Chester Bears make stay in the ER a lot more bearable for kids An emergency room can be a scary for children. A group of volunteers at The Chester County Hospital, West Chester, is spreading comfort to little ones visiting the emergency department. With help from a local Brownie Scout troop, hospital volunteers have crafted handmade bears to distribute to any child needing a little TLC. Whether children come to the emergency department for their own health or are waiting for mom or dad, Chester Bears are there to accompany them during their stay. Carol Dunigan, coordinator of Volunteer Services at the hospital, said, As soon as they (bears) arrive in the emergency department, I am sure they go through all of them each month. The idea of Chester Bears is not new to the hospital. Small bears used to be given to pediatric patients, but Susan Longenecker, a volunteer at the hospital, recently revamped the project by making larger bears with a group of volunteers who donate around 30 bears each month. Chester Bears have become more than just ordinary teddy bears, thanks to the help of Brownie Troop 4751, West Chester. Led by Chrissy Croft and Amy Fetchko, the Girl Scouts made sure that the bears were made with love. Each Chester Bear is stuffed with a red, felt heart and gold fairy dust. As they finish stuffing the bears, the girls spin around and make wishes for the children who eventually receive them. Brownie Keira Connor represented her troop by accompanying Longenecker to drop off a delivery of Chester Bears. Longenecker recalled the youngster s reaction when leaving the hospital. Keira turned to me and simply said, My heart feels really good. About 15 girls, between seven and eight years old, belong to the troop based at St. Maximilian Kolbe School, Dance proceeds targeted for health research Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to a Daddy-Daughter Charity Dance on Sunday, May 19 in the social ballroom at Kesher Israel Congregation, 1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. There are two sessions 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Girls are urged to bring their dads or that special man in their lives. The dance has been organized to help Colleen Connor, describe by dance organizers as a good friend, neighbor and fellow West Chester Area School District parent. Connor suffers from pulmonary hypertension, a lung disease with no known cure. All net proceeds from the dance will benefit pediatric research for children with pulmonary hypertension. The event includes refreshments and a disc jockey. The cost is $40/couple; $15/ each additional daughter. The sign-up deadline is May 3. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Lisa Waxman at lisa@alittlesunshine.com. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Silver Spring, Md., strives to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension, and to provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community through support, education, research, advocacy and awareness. For more information, visit West Chester. The girls attend a mix of area schools, including St. Max, Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School, West Chester, Collegium Charter School, Exton, and Pocopson Elementary School, Unionville-Chadds Ford. Betty Brennan, director of the emergency department, has witnessed many children s emergency department experiences and recognizes their need for comfort. The department is already child-friendly, complete with personalized books geared toward all reading levels and DVD players stocked with fun movies not to mention a staff trained in pediatric specialties. This department is pediatric-centered and used to treating children, Brennan said. The Chester Bears enhance the emergency department s child-focused approach, and the young patients take the bears home after their stay. Brennan said, Everything we do for kids, including these bears, makes a big impact. Volunteers and the Girl Scout troop have been sewing and donating the bears for several months. Kathy Stocker, director of Volunteer Services, shared a story from a mother of a pediatric patient who received a teddy bear. The boy was given a Chester Bear while waiting for his mom to meet him in the emergency department. Now, the boy sleeps with his bear and carries it everywhere he goes, Stocker said. The boy s mother said the volunteers who gave her son the bear were angels. The emergency department provides care to almost 40,000 patients annually who require urgent medical attention. Each treatment room is equipped for treating adults and children, with special amenities and accommodations in place for pediatric patients and their parents. The department is staffed by board-certified Scouts from Brownie Troop 4751, West Chester, help make bears to distribute to children visiting the emergency department at The Chester County Hospital, West Chester, who need a little tender, loving care. emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses and clinicians 24-hours a day to treat varying levels of urgent care.

21 KIDS 22 IN THE COMMUNITY MAY 2013 Donation to fire company ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center, West Chester, recently presented Goshen Fire Co., West Chester, with a check for $10,000. During the month of March, anyone could join acac for 25 days for $25 with 100 percent of the proceeds designated for the Goshen Fire Co. Above, Goshen Fire Co. President Jerry Fokas, Sr. and Treasurer Tom Stalnaker were presented the check by the acac team. Family entertainment Students at West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts rehearse for their Weekend of Family Entertainment. The elementary students will perform Furry Tales by Joel Doty June 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. Middle and high school students will perform Middle Class and Second Class by Brad Slaight May 31 and June 1 at 7:30. All performances will be at the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester. Pictured above (from left) are Josie Heppelmann, Anna Levine, Scevonne Bailey, Julia Brennan, Meghan Flexner, Adam Scott and Zach Jones. For more information, visit westchester studio.com Representing Pennsylvania Chester Valley Dance Academy, Exton, recently represented the state of Pennsylvania at the Dance Excellence International Dance Festival, Los Angeles. Dance studios from across the United States, as well as from several countries, take part in this festival each year. During the festival, Chester Valley Dance Academy performance students took master classes from famous choreographers, performed at Disneyland and adjudicated pieces in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and variety where they received outstanding scores. In addition, they met and danced with students from Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Scotland and England. The week of dance activities concluded with a company show featuring two dancers from each studio. Marissa Lamb and Tanina Urbanski represented Chester Valley in the company show with The Young Americans. Chester Valley Dance Academy and director Cathy Moran have represented Pennsylvania at Dance Excellence for several years. Moran said the Festival enables her students to meet and share their love of dance with students from all over the world.

22 MAY 2013 IN THE COMMUNITY KIDS 23 Strawberry Festival: entertainment, rides food and family fun It s that time of year again. Spring is here and the Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival is just weeks away. The four-day, family event attracts more than 28,000 visitors from Chester County and beyond. With wholesome fun, children s activities, free entertainment, food, shopping and more, there is something for everyone. The Strawberry Festival, presented by PECO and supported by First Niagara, will be held May 30-June 2 on the grounds of Brandywine Hospital. Festival proceeds benefit the Coatesville Youth Initiative. The Initiative fosters collaboration among community members, youth, area businesses, nonprofit and county agencies, youth-serving organizations, the Coatesville School District and other educational entities to enhance the knowledge and skills of youth in order for them to reach their fullest potential. The Strawberry Festival volunteer organizing committee, led by Chris Saello of the United Way of Chester County and Karol Collins of Coatesville, has been working year-round to offer exciting activities and entertainment. This year the committee is giving visitors an opportunity to give back to the community in a tangible way. The Festival committee is encouraging visitors to bring a children s book (new or gently used) for the McNeil Children s Library in the Brandywine Center in downtown Coatesville. The committee is also collecting food donations for the Chester County Food Bank s Backpack Program and a donation list can be found on the festival web site at strawberryfestival.com. The Festival begins Thursday night with wristband night in the Majestic Midway and the fun continues throughout the weekend. Festival highlights include a spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. and Comprehensive Cancer Care, which lights up the sky on Friday at 9:45 p.m; area bands rockin the Strawberry Stage; fabulous food; non-stop entertainment, including magic shows; appearances by your children s favorite characters (parents bring your cameras); and much more. On Sunday, the popular Strawberriest Kids Contest for children five years and under begins at 2 pm. Registration forms can be found on the festival web site. Strawberryland, sponsored by Sikorsky Global Helicopters and Herr s, is back by popular demand. Designed for the 30th annual festival benefits Chester County Hospital The Chester County Hospital s 30th Annual May Festival will be held on the grounds of The Chester County Hospital May This year s event offers fun-filled events for a family-friendly weekend. On Friday night, attendees will witness amateur bands rocking out at the Battle of the Bands from 6-9 p.m. The Festival, a community-organized fund-raiser, includes traditional family favorites, such as amusements, pony rides, face painting, children s activities, games, festival foods and continuous entertainment. New this year are $10- Play-All-Day Wristbands, available for amusement rides and children s activities. Admission is free. The Festival is open May 17 from 4-9 p.m., May 18 from 10-9 p.m. and May 19 from 11-5 p.m. Test your luck and you could win prizes in the raffle. This year s grand prize drawing is winner s choice of a Chevrolet Sonic or Spark donated by Thomas Chevrolet, Inc. of West Chester. Other prizes include a 55-inch LED TV, a Kindle Fire HD and a four-pack of Phillies tickets with VIP parking. Tickets for the drawing are available at various locations throughout the county, the hospital and Parkway Dry Cleaning locations. Tickets are also available during the Festival. In addition, The Chester County Challenge for Cancer Bike Tour, a noncompetitive bike ride, will take place on June 16 at the Fern Hill Medical Campus, 915 Old Fern Hill Rd., West Chester. The 15th annual Challenge will kick off with registration at 7:30 a.m. The 5- or 10-mile family rides and 25-, 50- and 63-mile tours lead participants through historic West Chester and its surrounding communities. To register for the Challenge, visit For general information about the May Festival and the Chester County Challenge for Cancer, call , or visit All proceeds from the Festival benefit The Chester County Hospital and Health System community outreach efforts. Children enjoy one of the characters that populate the Strawberry Festival grounds of Brandywine Hospital. younger visitors, this area includes moon bounces, play areas and slides, all for an $8 wristband, which allows kids to bounce and play all day in Strawberryland. Other kid-friendly highlights include the Goldfish Pond, the Duck Pond and the new CYI Game Tent, featuring fun carnival games. The Arts and Crafts Tent is where kids can enjoy sand art, face painting, t-shirt designing and more while parents catch their breath and enjoy some strawberry shortcake. New this year, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard is hosting a free family activity area, featuring a three-sided rock wall, a ropes course, video gaming van and more. There is ample parking adjacent to the festival grounds and free shuttle service is available from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights from the K-mart in Thorndale. Secondary beneficiaries of the Strawberry Festival include the Coatesville Rotary Club, the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Co., and the Coatesville Public Library. For more information, and an updated schedule of activities, visit, BrandywineStrawberryFestival.com or look on Facebook. Willy Wonka on WCU stage Schmata Productions presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on June 1-2 at the E. O. Bull Center Mainstage Theatre, West Chester University, 817 S. High St., West, Chester. Show times are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8. For tickets, tix@schmata productions.org. For more information, call or schmataproductions.org. Schmata Productions is a nonprofit community youth theater group, supported by Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, Malvern, and run entirely by volunteers. The school-year program is open to students in fourth-through-12th grade. Summer Reading Club Dig Into Reading is the theme of the summer reading club from June 8-Aug. 17 at the Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave. Registration begins on Saturday, June 8 from 9-1 p.m. with a kick-off party, including food, crafts and fun throughout the day. Here s how the program works: Children read independently at home and record the time read on their reading charts. For every 25 minutes they read, children earn a Book Buck. Book Bucks may be spent for prizes at the summer reading club store. Charts may be checked anytime at the library s circulation desk. The program is free. For more information, call Vacation Bible School Growing in Friendship with Jesus, is the theme of the vacation Bible school program at the Reformed Presbyterian Church of West Chester, 312 W. Union St. The free program will be offered July from 5:30-7:15 p.m. for ages three years through students enrolled in fifth grade. To register, visit or call Kids enjoy an amusement ride at the Chester County Hospital s Annual May Festival. This year s event is May on hospital grounds.

23 KIDS 24 SPECIAL NEEDS MAY 2013 SPECIAL NOTES NEW! SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA BRANCH of DECODING DYSLEXIA PENNSYLVANIA SUPPORT GROUP. New group is forming to bring about positive grassroots change in our community by educating, creating awareness and providing support to families and educators. Meeting will be at Phoenixville Hospital Campus, 826 Main St., Medical Office Bldg 2, third floor conference center, rooms A and B. Info, to attend, or just to be kept in the loop, call Tina Marie at , or decodingdyslexiapa@gmail.com. Invite others and spread the word. CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS IEP WORKSHOP for PARENTS. Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, Kennett Square. 6-8 p.m. Facilitator: Lisa Lightner, BCEA, and Connie Mohn, MEd, BCEA, both education advocates from The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. Dates and topics include: May 2 TRANSITION to ADULT LIVING. Will your child have the skills to live, workand play independently as an adult? Or successfully pursue post-secondary education? Start planning now. May 16 BEHAVIOR and DISCIPLINE and SPECIAL EDUCATION. DATE to be DETERMINED PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS. What to do when you disagree. Attend all classes or just one. Free. Info/registration: Anita at , ext. 216, or Llightner@ArcOfChester County.org. RIGHT TO EDUCATION CHESTER COUNTY. May 9 at Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Rd., Downingtown, from 10-noon. May 16 at The Arc of Chester County, West Chester, from 7-9 p.m. Topic: Meet Special Education Family Attorneys. We know you have questions about procedural safeguards, due process hearings, settlement agreements, pendency, placement and other legal topics. Making decisions can be overwhelming for parents. This is an opportunity to have your questions answered by the experts. Get involved and improve your skills as an advocate for your child. Info/activity or schedule/resource manual: or call Lauren LaFountain at , LaurenL@cciu.org, voic , ext The task force monitors and advises local special education services, provides training and networking opportunities for parents and informs the public about state and national special education issues. Time is set aside at every meeting to address individual concerns. All welcome. Info/registration: MaryL@RighttoEd.org IEP WORKSHOPS for PARENTS. May 16. Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, Kennett Square. 6-8 p.m. Facilitators: Lisa Lightner, BCEA, and Connie Mohn, M.Ed., BCEA from The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. Topic: Behavior and Discipline and Special Education. Free. Info/registration: Llightner@ArcofChesterCounty.org SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT SEMINAR. May 18. Allegretto Therapy Services, Exton p.m. Topic: IEPs: Dissecting an IEP Page by Page and What Does It Mean. Bring your child s recent report. Cost $75, in advance. Registration includes lunch. Info/registration: Chris Fick, MA.Ed., at th ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS SYMPOSIUM. May For those interested in supporting people with disabilities to find and maintain paid employment. Presented by Networks for Training and Development, Inc. Info/ registration: Julie at , or julies@networksfor training.org. Web site: GUARDIANSHIP and GOVERNMENT BENEFITS CHAT and CHEW. May 22. The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. 11:30-1:30 p.m. Topics include: overview of transition for students ages 14-to-21 years, timeline for transition planning, components of a transition plan, guardianship, government benefits, OVR, self-determination and advocacy, and housing options. Sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (Sharon Shoemaker) and The Arc of Chester County. Register: Bobbie at , ext Bring your lunch; beverage provided. ADVOCACY CLINIC HOURS. May 25. The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. 9-noon. Dr. Lisa Faranda, Joyceann Husted or Connie Mohn, board-certified education advocates, will meet with parents and advise on next steps. Can help with letters and follow-up, refer parents to appropriate resources, review IEPs and evaluations, and help parents figure out what to ask. A consultation at the clinic can serve as a first step to getting the help you need for your child. Call , ext. 220 for an appointment. Free. All welcome. By appointment only. PRO SE PARENTS: DOING IT ON YOUR OWN. May 29. Webinar or in-person training. 9-4 p.m. Specially designed for parents of children with disabilities who may have a need to request a hearing under Chapter 14 (special education), Chapter 15 (504) or Chapter 16 (Gifted) on behalf of their student(s) and who do not have the ability to access counsel, or who choose not to access counsel. The participants will come away with basic skills enabling them to proceed through the process. Speakers: Dorene Philpot, author of a parent's guide to pro se, and Sonja Kerr, Law Center. Advance registration required. Act 48 and CLE credits are available only to those who attend in person. Hosted by Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Info/registration: cle-training@ pilcop.org. SETTLEMENTS: SIGNING on the DOTTED LINE (or NOT). May 30. Webinar or in-person training. Noon-4 p.m. Review the legal means of reaching settlements between school districts and parents. Participants will come away with knowledge about how settlements for IEP meetings, mediation and resolution can be crafted and what not to do. Speakers: Chuck Pugh, an attorney with significant expertise in settlement matters, and Law Center staff. Advance registration required. Act 48 and CLE credits are available only to those who attend in person. Hosted by Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Info/registration: cle-training@pilcop.org. THE OFFICE of VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CHAT & CHEW. June 5. The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. 11:30-1:30 p.m. Topics include: job coaches, job training, housing options. Sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (Sharon Shoemaker) and The Arc of Chester County. Register: Bobbie at , ext Bring your lunch; beverage provided. SECONDARY TRANSITION CHAT and CHEW. May 22 and June 5. The Arc of Chester County, West Chester. 11:30-1:30 p.m. Topics include overview of transition for students ages 14-to-21 years, timeline for transition planning, components of a transition plan, guardianship, government benefits, OVR, self-determination and advocacy, housing options. Sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit and The Arc of Chester County. Register: Bobbie at , ext Bring your lunch; beverage provided. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP for parents with children in out-of-home placements and parents considering an out-ofhome placement for their youth. Last Tuesday each month through June. Government Service Center, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester. Reservations suggested. Info/registration: , ext. 21. PARENT and PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SESSIONS. Various times live and by webinar. Facilitated by PaTTAN. Access the same training that teachers and administrators access. Info/registration: category/ Training/Calendar/2012/December. RIGHT to EDUCATION STATE TASK FORCE. Videoconference. May 22 from 10-noon at Pattan. Info: Get involved! FREE ASSISTANCE. Ongoing. Designed to help disability advocacy groups improve their skills. Everything you wanted to know about advocacy. Areas of support: legislative and policy advocacy, community organizing, organization development, effective planning, different advocacy approaches, networking and coalition building, effective media strategies, corporate, legal and fiscal issues relating to non-profit, management of small non-profits. How can we help your group? Contact DASH (Disability Advocacy Support Hub) at , or dash@drnpa.org. QUEST Therapeutic Services, Inc. SELF-ADVOCACY ONLINE. Ongoing. The Research and Training Center on Community Living at The University of Minnesota and The Arc have partnered to support an innovative web site specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online ( is a content rich, accessible online educational and networking tool developed by the RTC and promoted by The ARC. This online tool is targeted to those who are just learning about their own rights and responsibilities as well as to those who participate in organized self-advocacy groups and activities. This site will provide a hub for individuals and groups to gain information that is meaningful to them and can be used by them to advocate for themselves and all people with I/DD, collaborate and share ideas, and boost computer literacy skills in the process. CHADD ADHD ONLINE PARENT TRAINING CONFERENCES: Conferences_Training/ParenttoParentProgram/Online_Parent_ to_parent_class/. ASCEND EVENTS: CHADD AD/HD TRAININGS: CHESTER COUNTY INTERMEDIATE UNIT COURSES: and click courses. PW OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS (PUNS, Consolidated Waiver, IFSP, etc):web site: Web casts: =com_content&task=view&id=163&itemid=223. NAMI MH EVENTS: namipa.nami.org/programs index.htm. PARENT INFORMATION CENTER of DELAWARE. Tremendous workshop offerings, many of which are close by. Web site: PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK. Workshops, newsletter, webinars, archived webinars on You Tube, etc. Web site: PaTTAN TRAININGS: calendar.aspx. HEALTH PROMOTION for PEOPLE with INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. The ARC US is launching a new health promotion project, thanks to a three-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control. The ARC s HealthMeet will aim to raise awareness of and reduce the significant health disparities often experienced by people with ID, including those with autism. So what is our plan? Our goal is to move more than 6,000 people with ID of all ages through a basic, free, non-invasive health screening that is conducted by volunteer health professionals. Info: ACTIVITIES for CHILDREN & TEENS COMMUNITY DAY. hosted by Vanguard School, Paoli. May 14 from 11-3 p.m. For kids of all ages, interests and abilities. Nearly 30 sensory friendly activities. Fun for the whole family. Face painter, inflatable slide, dunking machine and art and music activities. Free. Rain or shine. Info: or , ext. 108 MUSIC, FOOD and FUN! May 10. St. Basil the Great Church, Kimberton. 7-9 p.m. Dancing for folks on feet or wheels. Guided wheelchair dances. Free. Advance notice of attendance is appreciated, but not essential. Info/registration: Located in the West Chester/Marshallton area, we are a non-profit pediatric therapy program for children with special needs. Our programs include: Hippotherapy Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists use the horse as a tool to achieve therapy goals in children from the age of 2 years old. Therapeutic Riding Instructors teach adapted riding skills. Equestrian Special Olympics Children experience the thrill of training and competing in horse shows. Early Intervention Program Therapists and other support services work with families and caregivers to enhance the growth and acquisition of skills of children with special needs aged birth to three. WE NOW OFFER A NEW EQUESTRIAN THERAPEUTIC VAULTING PROGRAM Candidates for this program include children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, sensory integration dysfunction, autism/pdd, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. Cost for therapy services is covered under most medical insurance plans. For more information please call Sandra McCloskey, P.T., HPCS at Quest Therapeutic is a 501c3 non-profit organization Donations, volunteers and fund-raising opportunities are always welcome. 461 Cann Road, West Chester Ms. Campbell at Please provide support staff as needed. Web site: MARDI GRAS PROM. May 17. Holland, Bucks County. 6:30-9 p.m. A free event for teens and young adults 14-to-21 years on the Autism Spectrum. Parent/caregiver must remain in attendance. RSVP by May 13 to Linda at Linda@autism caresfoundation.org GREAT VALLEY NATURE CENTER, Phoenixville. May 18 from 12:30-3 p.m. Take a trip to the Center and have fun while learning. Snack included. Ages: 6-to-18 years. Cost $60. Parents/caregivers not required to attend. Sign up by 5/1/13. Organized by The Arc of Chester County. Info/regis: Rob at , ext THE ARC ACHIEVEMENT WALK and FUN DAY. June 9. West Goshen Community Park p.m. Walk a mile around the park and raise funds for The Arc by collecting pledges from family and friends. Enjoy a catered picnic lunch and lots of family-friendly activities including moon bounces, clowns, a fire truck display, arts and crafts and more. Info/registratopm: or call Leslie Rahling at SUPPORTS for CHILDREN & TEENS ACADEMIC SUPPORT ON THE WEB: online work and worksheets, Pre-K to middle school. worksheets with concepts and explanations. chemistry, physics and algebra. excellent web site for young (up to fourth grade) emerging readers. calculators that calculate fun things. games to improve grammar skills. like an online Mad Libs with reading and writing skills. lots of great stuff. puzzles on tons of math topics up to 12th grade. go to parents and find free activities and worksheets all online work. Make tests and flashcards for any subject. ACADEMICS. School-based academic support program for ages 14-to-18 years. Call Coatesville Rotary at ACTING/DRAMA for 8-to-13-year-olds on the autism spectrum. Six-week program improves communication, socialization and motivation by having fun with drama and theater. 10-noon. $160. Info: Kate McLenigan Altman at , or kate@theatrehorizon.org. ACTING. MOVIN & GROOVIN for PRESCHOOL and ELEMENTARY AGES with instructor Cindy Schneider, director, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. This is a theater program designed for students with developmental and/or social delays. The program will focus on using music, movement, games and skits to teach the youngsters how to follow directions, motor plan and interact successfully. Activities and songs will be showcased in a final performance for family and friends on the last workshop day. Info: , or ACTING. ACTING ANTICS YOUTH for AGES 7-to-13). Instructor: Cindy Schneider, director, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. The Youth Acting Antics program is designed to help youngsters with higher cognition and social difficulties learn skills about interacting with peers, reading body language and other nonverbal cues, voice modulation and understanding abstract language and inferences. Actors have a great time while building their self-esteem. The workshop will include theater games and activities, scenes and skits with a final performance for family and friends on the last workshop day. Info: , or ACTING. INCLUSIVE MUSICAL THEATER for AGES 7-to- 16. Instructor: Cindy Schneider, director, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. An inclusive program where youngsters with differences, siblings and friends will rehearse and perform a 30-minute musical production. Actors learn to work together, remember cues, do movement to music and perform a finished product. Actors participate in scene painting and making props. Youngsters with social differences work in tandem with neurotypical peers to produce a finished musical play. Info: , or ACTING. ACTING IMPROV FOR TEENS and YOUNG ADULTS. Instructor: Cindy Schneider, director, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. Young men and women hone their communication and socialization skills through theater games and improvisational activities. Actors must learn to collaborate, cooperate and share ideas in order to perform successfully in Improvisation. Scripted scenes are also used to work on nonverbal and context cues as well as social appropriate responsiveness. Individuals build social confidence as they acquire new skills. A showcase of skits and improvisation games will be held on the last evening of class. Info: , or ACTING. ACTORS in ACTION for TEENS and ADULTS. Instructor: Cindy Schneider, ddirector, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. This is a music and theater program designed for teen-ages/young adults diagnosed with developmental delays. The program will focus on using music, movement and short skits to teach teens how to follow directions and interact successfully. Teens with limited spoken language and/or reading skills will be successful in this program. Activities, scenes and skits will be showcased in a final performance for family and friends on the last class day. Info: , or ADHD CHADD TEEN SUPPORT GROUP meets the third Thursday each month. Exton Community Baptist Church. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Parents can stay on premises. Facilitated by CHADD board member. Info: or ADHD GO GIRLS CLUB for girls ages 8-to-12 years (or in third to sixth grade) with ADD or ADHD. Girls must be aware of their diagnosis. $100 for six-month registration. Info: Natalie Knochenhauer at , info@ ahdhaware.org, or ADHDAAware.org. ADHD BOY2BOY CLUB for boys ages 8-to-12 years (or in third to sixth grade) with ADD or ADHD. Boys must be aware of their diagnosis. $100 for six-month registration. Info: Natalie Knochenhauer at , info@ahdhaware.org, or www. ADHDAware.org. ANIME/VIDEO. YOUNG ADULTS VIDEO GAME/ANIME CLUB. Havertown. Info: GamesAnimeClub and click on the (about) to learn all there is to know about the club. Questions: Aaron at , Josh at , or VideoGamesAnimeClub@groups. facebook.com. ART. ART PARTNERS STUDIO. Art classes and participation at special events for ages 6-to-12 years. Info: Lindsay Brinton at , or ycrow@mac.com. ART. CENTER for CREATIVE ARTS, Hockessin, Del. Classes for special needs students ages 6-to-12 years. Info: or ART. EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY GROUPS for CHILDREN. Building Bridges, Media. Ages 5-to-9, and 10-to-13 years. Monday evenings. Info: , or ART. FREE 12-WEEK ART CLASS for PEOPLE with SPECIAL NEEDS. Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. $25/materials. Info: , or info@wayneart.org. ART. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for ADULTS using MH SERVICES to take music and art lessons from Merge Education.Contact Mary Helen Rossi at to receive scholarship application. (Continued on page 25)

24 (Continued from page 24) ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PROGRAM HEALTHY HOOPS. Program uses sports to promote health management and education. Asthma screenings, parent education, family fit program, environmental home check-up, etc. For a video explanation of the program: visit hoopsprogram.com/solution/video.asp. Contact: Flora Castillo at or flora.castillo@amerihealth mercy.com. AUTISM. BUILDING the BASICS through LEARNING EXPERIENCES (A.B.B.L.E.). Tuesday and Thusday. Downingtown. 9:30-12:30 p.m. Classroom for two-year-olds run by The ARC of Chester County and taught by a special education teacher, using a unique blend of TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communications Handicapped Children). Info/registration: Anne Bernstein at AUTISM. SPARC (Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Center), in partnership with West Chester University. Non-profit clinic serving children, adolescents and young adults with ASD. Includes: diagnostic services, behavioral therapeutic services, feeding evaluations and treatment, home programs, academic tutoring, social skills, consultative services, daycare/school/ service providers, consulting services, babysitting/respite care. Located on the WCU campus. Info: sparc@wcupa.edu, or AUTISM. SUPPORT GROUP for parents of children under five years with autism. St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, 2350 Conestoga Rd, Chester Springs. Share experiences, voice questions, seek advice and share in laughter with other parents. Call Janice at for dates and times. AUTISM. TODDLER/PRE-SCHOOL PLAY GROUP for children with ASDs. Structured play dates where children can develop social/play skills w/peers, while parents network with and support each other. Communicate through Yahoo group: groups.yahoo.com/group/asd_playgroup/. Subscribe by sending an to ASD_Playgroup-subscribe@yahoo groups.com. BIBLE. ADVENTURES BIBLE CLUB for mild-to-moderate cognitively disabled teens (ages 12-to-18 years) in Chester County meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. Sponsored by East Brandywine Baptist Church, this exciting outreach provides a fun, interactive social outlet for these teens. Adventures Bible Club is designed to enhance social skills, spiritual awareness and a desire to serve others in the community through several planned work projects slated throughout the school year. You can learn more about this exciting outreach on the church's web site: brandywin baptist.com/adventuresbibleclub.asp. Info: denisehowland3@gmail.com, or CHESS CLUB for ages 5-to-18 years. Mondays from 4-8 p.m. Coatesville Area Public Library. Learn to play tournament chess. Free. No registration necessary. Info: COMPUTERS. Low-cost, refurbished computers available for $50 to $300 for qualifying families. Download an application from web site: Info: DANCE. ADAPTIVE DANCE CLASS for AGES 8-to-15. Instructor: Cindy Schneider, director, Acting Antics Inc., 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern. Dance instructors, trained to work with students with special needs, will teach hip-hop, jazz and more, with focus on individualized instruction. Info: , or DANCE. DIAMOND DIVAS. A drill and step team for girls ages 7-to-16 years. Info: Geri Allen at or gbadiva@verizon.net. DANCE. DIANE MATTHEWS SCHOOL of DANCE, 315 Westtown Rd., Suite 9, West Chester. Dance opportunities for youth with special needs ages 6-to-12 years. Contact the studio to find out if the class is appropriate for your son or daughter. Info: Web site: dianematthewsdance KIDS 25 SPECIAL NEEDS MAY 2013.com. DAY CARE. LAUREN S HOUSE, a caring center for special children ages birth to eight years with skilled medical/nursing needs, acute or chronic in nature. A medical day health center; can be used in lieu of or as a complement to private duty nursing in the home. Located in Boothwyn and Coatesville area. Info/registration: Web site: DEPRESSION. Learn from ME about teen depression. The ME Project: encouraging, supporting and educating teens, their families, and the community about mental health issues. Resource center in Ridge Village Shopping Center, Suite 21, Chadds Ford. Web site: DIGITAL BOOKS: ACCESSIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. BOOKSHARE District membership available free for school district this year and next year. Application for ipod, iphone & ipad. Web site: LEARNINGALLY District membership available (formerly RFB&D) Application for ipod, iphone & ipad. Web site: CHESTER COUNTY LIBRARY has free audiobooks you can download to MP3, ipod, IPhone, ipad and Android devices. Info: AUDIBLE (a division of Amazon) has audio versions of books and textbooks available for purchase. Web site: PaTTAN accessible instructional materials. Web site: NOTE: Audio, digital or online versions may be available directly from textbook publishers. Digital versions on a CD or online versions can be used in conjunction with free screen readers such as the text-to-speech feature built into all Mac computers see Speech in System Preferences to turn on this feature or check out if you are using a PC. DRIVERS TRAINING. Two courses: Classroom (Highway Safety) and Behind the Wheel offered by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Info/brochure: /Departments/ CustomEd/drivereducationpdfs/DriverEd pdf or EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS. The Luma Center for Development and Learning, 1777 N. Valley Rd., Malvern. Supportive, small-group weekday programs for children ages 3-to-6 years. Info: , ext. 183, info@luma center.org, or EDUCARE STREET SMARTS. KenCrest s extended school-day transition support for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Building bridges to the community for school-age children 13-to-21 years. Info: EXCEPTIONAL ADVENTURES: Dances for Teens (13-to21 years) with IDD. Peter s Place Restaurant, 1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville p.m. Info: www. exceptionaladventures.com, , or FAITH-BASED-MH CONSUMERS ATTEND TRADITIONAL SERVICES. Residents of long-term structured residence in the northern part of Chester County are welcomed for worship, food, and fellowship by the congregation of Marsh Creek Church in Exton. FEEDING. SPARC (Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Center), in partnership with West Chester University McDermott Dr., West Chester. Evaluations and treatment in clinic, home, and community/school. Info: , or sparc@wcupa.edu. THE FOOT MINISTRY SUPPORT GROUP in SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY. The FOOT ministry (Families Overcoming Obstacles Together) is forming to help families walk through these challenges together. The ministry is based out of the Christian Life Center, New London Township. Info: Allison Rafferty at , or GAMES. FREE ON-LINE GAMES: AARP includes beach soduko, carniball, cryptogram, disco bowling, driver safety program word search, easy crossword, Word Search, etc. UCLICK: includes daily tootonym, daily roundup, flash arcade solitaire, play four soduko, universal trivia, universal jigsaw puzzle, universal crossword, up and down words. HAPPY NEURON GAMES: partners/index.php?refcode=006aarp. GAMES. PAID ON-LINE GAMES: Fit Brains Luminosity Brain Games HOMEWORK. BRIDGE ACADEMY and COMMUNITY CENTER. For ages 4-to-18 years or 18 years and up. Homework Club, arts and crafts, dance, sewing, carpentry, computer classes. Info/registration: Jordan at , or Jordan.crans@gmail.com. HOMEWORK. THE GARAGE COMMUNITY & YOUTH CENTER OPENING. Kennett Square and West Grove locations. Open Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.; homework-only hours Monday-Thursday 6-7 p.m. It s the only place in Kennett and West Grove that is open just for middle and high school students. It s free, it s fun and its for real. The Garage is a place to come after school to get help with your homework, use a computer, play a game of pool, or participate in activities hosted by the groups that meet here. Info: , Maggie@ garageyouthcenter.org, or MENTORING. CHESTER COUNTY FUTURES. School- and community-based mentoring program for ages 14-to-18 years. Info/registration: Kathy at , or MENTORING. GIFTS. Mentoring program for girls ages 13to-18 years. Info/registration: Jackie at , or MENTORING. TIMS. Mentoring program for youth ages 11to-18 years. Info/registration: Alphonse at , or anewsuan@comcast.net. MENTORING. YOUNG LIFE. Mentoring and youth programs for ages 14-to-18 years. Info/registration: Josh at or jdcrans@aol.com. MUSIC. MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC, an interactive parentchild music group. The ARC of Chester County, West Chester. Group for 0-to-3-year-olds Wednesdays from 9:15-10 a.m.; group for 3-to-5-year-olds Fridays 9:15-10 a.m. $80. Class limited to 10 children. Info/registration: Janice at , ext MUSIC. TEMPO MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES. West Chester and King of Prussia. Individual and group music therapy sessions for children, teens and adults as well as inclusive family music (Music Together) classes. Info: , or PLAYGROUNDS NO BORDERS. The YMCA of the Upper Main Line. Play without limits. Info: Jennifer at , or Jennifer.Whalen@UMLY.org. READING. COATESVILLE AREA LIBRARY. Reading programs, story-time, play groups, family groups and special events for ages birth-to-12 years. Info: RECREATION. FREE LIFETIME ACCESS PASS to NATIONAL PARKS for permanent residents with a permanent disability. Links/info: RECREATION. COATESVILLE ARTS and RECREATION DEPARTMENT. Summer/winter basketball leagues, summer programs and art classes for ages 8-to-15 years. Info: RECREATION. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. The Journey Church, West Chester. First Friday each month at 6:30 p.m. Movies shown on nine-foot-by-13-foot big screen. Soda and popcorn provided. Info: www. thejourneywc.org/events/. Contact: Brodie Smith at brodie@thejourneywc.org. RECREATION. COMMUNI-TEENS. A service and recreational program for teens using wrap-around services and neighborhood peers sponsored by The Institute for Behavioral Change. Limited to 10 teens. Contact: RESPITE. FUN CLUB for ages 6-to-12 years meets one Saturday a month. Community fun. Run by The ARC of Chester County. Call your supports coordinator for funding options. Info: Rob at , ext. 240, or rmalone@arcofchestercounty.org. RESPITE. MH HELPING HANDS. Respite for caregivers with children from birth-to-21 years living in Chester County who receive MH services.info: jcaldwell@arcofchestercounty.org, or , ext RESPITE. PARENT S NIGHT OUT. Opportunities for worryfree nights out.ymca of the Brandywine Valley, Coatesville. Info: brendae@cciu.org, or Calendar of events: www. autismallianceofchestercounty.org. RESPITE. WCUPA AUTISM RESPITE CARE. West Chester University student volunteers trained in ASD and behavior principles provide free in-home respite care to families of children on the spectrum. Weekday evenings. To receive respite services, contact Dr. Corinne Murphy, WCU assistant professor, at cmurphy@wcupa.edu. RIDING. QUEST THERAPEUTIC SERVICES, INC., Cann Road, West Chester, provides a full range of therapy services, including hippotherapy, with flexible scheduling with OT/PT and therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs. Indoor arena heated and ventilated for year-round use. Some types of insurance reimbursable. Info: , or Sandra McCloskey@msn.com. SELF-ADVOCACY. PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH LEADERSHIP SELF-ADVOCACY. Monthly conference calls to explore topics of interest to young self-advocates. First Sunday each month from 7-8 p.m. Info: (access code #). Visit the PYLN web site at for additional information. SENSORY. SNACK and PLAY: A PLAYGROUP for CHILDREN 3-to-5 YEARS who ARE FUSSY EATERS. One group of five children will meet three times per week for four weeks, led by an instructor and an OT. Info: Karen Schillinger of Easter Seals at SIBLING GROUPS ONGOING. Second Saturday each month. Wayne. 8:45-10 a.m. for 4-to-6-year-olds and 10-noon for 7-to-11-year-olds. Uses play, arts and crafts, snack, talking and stories. Facilitators: Dale Fisher, LCSW; and Deirdre Miller, MA. Cost $35. Info: dalefish2000@aol.com. SIBSHOPS for 8-to-13-year-old brothers and sisters of children with special needs. Mixture of new games, discussion and guest speakers. Brandywine YMCA, Coatesville. Session info: , ext rkbrenneman@childand familyfocus.org. SIBSHOPS. Second Saturday each month (September through May). Creative Health Services, Pottstown. Info: jtyson@creativehs.org. SIBSHOPS for TEENS. Info: , ext rkbrenneman@childandfamilyfocus.org. SOCIAL SKILLS/EXECUTIVE FUNCTION. Clubs for 8-to-12 (Continued on page 26) N w enro lling 1fRooZ r sh um QUmReOOrL! 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25 KIDS 26 SPECIAL NEEDS MAY 2013 (Continued from page 25) year-olds. Click-It Builders Club for boys and Create-It Club for girls, offering opportunities to practice social interaction skills and teamwork while having fun. The Luma Center for Development and Learning N. Valley Rd., Malvern. Info: , ext or center.org. SOCIAL SKILLS/GROUPS. Theraplay, Inc., 638 Brandywine Parkway, West Chester. Info: , ext. 12, or Web site: inc.com. SOCIAL SKILLS. SAY IT STRAIGHT: An interactive, energetic, 10-lesson, evidence-based program for elementary, middle and high school students, focusing on empowering communication skills and behaviors. Great anti-bullying strategies. Holcomb Behavioral Health. Info/registration: Chrissie at , or Luis (bilingual) at SOCIAL SKILLS. SPECTRUM KIDS CAN. Play with peers in a non-judgmental setting and use and improve socialization skills. All ages welcome. First Sunday each month. The Annex of the Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Dr., Chester Springs. 2-4 pm.. No registration required. Info: , or hhyouthservices@ccls.org. SOCIAL SKILLS. YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL CLUB/TEEN CLUB of CHESTER COUNTY, sponsored by Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania for teens/young adults with disabilities. Meets twice a month, usually the first and third Fridays each month. Have lots of fun exploring community, karaoke, dance, cook and socializing. Info: Kim at SOCIAL SKILLS. YOUNG CHILDREN GROUP (4-to-6-yearolds). Wayne. Second Saturday each month. 8:45-10 a.m. Info: dalefish2000@aol.com. SPORTS. COATESVILLE AREA LITTLE LEAGUE. Little League baseball program for ages 5-to-18 years. Info: Pat SUBSTANCE USE. Four-session program aimed at middle and high school students who have been identified as having substance use issues in the family. Educational and reflective activities help children cope with stresses of family problems and strengthen their resilience. Holcomb Behavioral Health. Info/registration: Chrissie , cdziembo@holcomb bhs.org, or Luis (bilingual) at LBenites2@holcombbhs.org. SWIMMING. SPLASH, a free water safety experience, presented by Dansko for children in first through eighth grade. Kennett Area Community Pool, Walnut Street, Kennett Square. 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. Transportation provided. Info/registration: Lolly Hallman at , ext. 2319, or Lenda at ext SWIMMING. Y-KNOT OTTER SWIM TEAM. The YMCA of the Upper Main LIne, Berwyn. For youth 4-to-18 years of age with physical and physiological challenges. Helps build confidence and self esteem. Info/registration: Jennifer at , or Jennifer.Whalen@UMLY.org. THEATER. CHILDREN S THEATER. Children s theater program for ages 11-to-14 years. Info: Rev. Sherry at TUTORING/ACADEMIC SUPPORT. The Luma Center for Development and Learning, 1777 N. Valley Rd., Malvern. Private coaching and academic/study skills support groups. Info: , ext. 183, info@lumacenter.org, or VOCATIONAL/GED-CHESTER COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES INDUSTRIALIZATION CENTER. GED, computer, employment and certified nursing training for ages 16-to-24 years. Info: , Joyce Chester at jchester@cc-oic.org or Gina Venuti at gvenuti@cc-oic.org. VOCATIONAL/GED-CAREER LINK. Adult, GED preparation, vocational training, resume writing, computer workshops and Job Corp for ages 16-to-adult. Info: VOCATIONAL/TRANSITIONAL-EARN CENTER. Job readiness, occupational training, employment activities and retention for ages 18-to-24 years. Info: Lila at or lsingleton@chesco.org. WORSHIP. REJOICING SPIRITS WORSHIP SERVICE. Second Sunday each month. 4 p.m. Innovative inclusive ministry at St. Paul s Lutheran Church, Lionville/Exton. Lots of music, refreshments and fellowship follow the service. Info: , info@rejoicingspirits.org, or spirits.org. All faiths are welcome. SUPPORT/ADVOCACY GROUPS THE RIGHT-to-EDUCATION TASK FORCE-CHESTER COUNTY usually meets the second Thursday each month. Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Rd., Downingtown.10-12:30 p.m. Get involved and improve your skills as an advocate. Meets September through June. Info/activity schedule/resource manual: or contact Lauren LaFountain at LaurenL@cciu.org, or ; voice mail , ext Task force monitors and advises local special education services, provides training and network opportunities for parents and informs public about state/national special education issues. Time set aside at every meeting to address individual concerns. THE RIGHT-to-EDUCATION TASK FORCE, DELAWARE COUNTY. Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Room 171, 200 Yale Ave., Morton. 6-8 p.m. Training opportunities. Info: , ext THE RIGHT-to-EDUCATION STATE TASK FORCE via videoconference. PaTTAN, King of Prussia. 10-noon. Info: King of Prussia office at Get involved. ADDICTION. WEST CHESTER AREA PARENT SUPPORT GROUP meets every Tuesday. Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester. 7-9 p.m. For parents whose children have been impacted by addiction. A place to find support and encouragement. Info: Lyle and Deidre at , or Bob and Sue at or Wilsonvbc@aol.com. Compiled by Anita Cutrara, The Arc of Chester County Count Me In The Arc of Chester County, West Chester, recently presented its Count Me In puppet show, designed to raise awareness about children with disabilities, to first and second grade students at Sugartown Elementary School, Great Valley. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and understanding about disabilities, thereby fostering positive attitudes. The puppets depict disabilities including Down syndrome, epilepsy and spina bifida. Arc staff, interns and volunteers presented the show. Pictured above (back, from left) are parent Kathy Potts, intern Christine Igo, intern Haley Tammany and Catherine Binz, the Arc s director of development. REINS OF LIFE THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs Reins of Life provides a proven alternative therapy for children and young adults with Down syndrome, autism/pdd, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, development delays, speech, hearing, learning disabilities, sensory issues, and emotional challenges in school and family. CELEBRATING OUR 20th YEAR! A United Way Donor Recipient, use donor code #5089, and select Southeastern PA for your annual United Way contributions. Thank you. Reins of Life is a Non-Profit 501 c3 organization. Donations, Volunteers, Fundraising and Sponsorship opportunities are always welcomed. ASK ABOUT OUR POPULAR SIBLING RIDING PROGRAM For information, please call Judy Hendrickson Crestwood Road, Landenberg, PA CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

26 MAY 2013 COATESVILLE KIDS 27 Be a Phanatic about Reading Students from Friendship Elementary School, Coatesville, were treated in March to a visit from the Phillie Phanatic. The Phanatic appeared through the Philllies Be a Phanatic about Reading literacy program. Kimberly Stracinski s third grade class won the visit by excelling at the reading challenge. Be a Phanatic About Reading, launched in 2004, was created to encourage children in kindergarten through eighth grade to improve their literacy skills by reading for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Across the area, about 100,000 students take part in the reading program, but only top participants receive a Phanatic visit. Since the Be a Phanatic About Reading initiative began, more than 250 schools and recreation centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have received visits. The Phillie Phanatic celebrated the Friendship students achievements and acted out scenes from Phillie Phanatic's Galapagos Island Adventure, featured in the Phanatic s children's book series. The Phanatic also graced the audience with his latest dance moves to the enjoyment of students and staff. Opinions valued Four seniors from Coatesville High School recently testified about their educational experiences at a special hearing hosted by the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman of West Whiteland (D-19), said, This event marks the first time the committee has designated a hearing specifically to students views, opinions and outlooks on their schools, curriculum and the overall direction of education in Pennsylvania. The hearing included testimony from Coatesville seniors (above, from left) Henok Abraham, Hunter Mountain, Lake Greene and Taylor Chesnet. The purpose of the planned hearings, which will occur throughout the state, is to hear from students what they think are the state s educational system s strengths and limitations. Students from Downingtown, Collegium Charter School, Exton, and Bishop Shanahan, Downingtown, also testified. CHESTER COUNTY DENTISTRY for CHILDREN Modern Child-Friendly Facilities Convenient Hours Competitive Fees Most Major Dental Plans Accepted Counseling to Calm Your Child s Fears Progressive Dental Techniques Using Lasers and Digital Radiography North Hills Medical Building 795 E. Marshall Street Suite 100 West Chester, PA JEFFREY M. MELINI, D.M.D. Member: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry American Dental Association Pennsylvania Dental Society Lionville Professional Center 105 Dowlin Forge Road Exton, PA VOTED ONE OF THE TOP PEDIATRIC DENTISTS IN DELAWARE VALLEY BY PHILADEPHIA MAGAZINE 2012

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28 KIDS 28 ALL-STAR BASEBALL MAY 2013 ALL-STAR BASEBALL ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS June West Chester University 9-4 p.m. July West Chester East Side Little League 9-2 p.m. July Exton Little League 9-2 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 West Chester University 9-4 p.m. Aug. 5-8 West Chester West Side Little League 9-2 p.m. INDOOR SUMMER BASEBALL CAMPS July 8-11 July p.m. ASBA West Chester facility BACKYARD BASEBALL PROGRAM June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26 for 5- and 6-year olds from 5-6:30 p.m. Downingtown and West Chester facilities Learn the fundamentals of the game through 45 minutes of drills and instruction, followed by a 45-minute, coach-pitch game THE HITTING MEMBERSHIP April 1-Dec. 31 April 1-Aug. 31 Sept. 1-Dec. 31 Downingtown and West Chester facilities Unlimited cage rentals that can be used for throwing, fielding or hitting. Each tunnel will include a tee, bucket of balls, protective helmet and L-screen. One membership required per family; two guest passes per month. DOWNINGTOWN 417 Boot Rd WEST CHESTER 52 Penn Oaks Dr For more information, visit

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30 KIDS A2 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM Join us for... Critical Thinking Math Arithmetic Brain Teasers Word Problems Story Writing Creative Writing Language Arts Reading Club July 9-11 July July July 30-Aug. 1 SCHEDULE A FREE DIAGNOSTIC TODAY! EYE LEVEL Learning Center 260 N. Pottstown Pike, Suite #36 (near Produce Junction) ACTING ANTICS 3 Ravine Rd., Malvern cindy@actingantics.org Programs and Events: Social skills building through drama and music. Programs for a variety of students with social and/or developmental needs. Peer role models also welcomed. Acting, improvisational comedy, music and movement, musical theatre and social events for teens and young adults. Tuition: Varies, according to specific program. Some financial assistance is available. Ages: For three years through young adult. Dates and Times: Visit antics.org to see full schedule. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Sessions taught by professional educators with specialized training. BACH to ROCK Devon Square Shopping Center 226 Sugartown Rd. at Rt. 30, Wayne Program and Events: Rock Band or Glee Club for ages seven years and older halfday camp Monday through Friday, from July 8-Aug. 26. Rock City World Tour for ages 3 1/2-to-6 years Monday through Friday. Tuition: Four-hour camps, five days at $299; three-hour camps, five days, at $199. Ages: Students are grouped by age and experience to form bands or groups. Dates and Times: Weekly camps from July 8-Aug. 26. Half-day camps from 9-1 p.m.; Rock City World Tour from 9-noon. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: No prior musical experience necessary. Students are grouped by age and experience to form a band or group. Week ends with a CD recording of songs learned during the week and with a performance for parents. Recording is done in our studio and performance will be on our stage. BOOK FAMILY FARM SUMMER DAY CAMP HALLELUJAH HORSES 251 S. Sandy Hill Rd., Coatesville Program and Events: Boys and girls will learn about (and take part in) feeding, caring for and riding horses. We are all about having fun with horses as we discover how God created these awesome creatures for our use. Riders will participate in a daily devotional that teach them about God s love for them. Camp designed to build confidence and self-esteem, provide foundational knowledge and skills necessary for good horsemanship. Students need to wear a secure shoe with a oneinch heel and bring a lunch. Tuition: $325/week. Ages: For boys and girls nine years and up. Dates and Times: Monday through Friday from 9-3 p.m.; June basic horsemanship for all level riders; June western horsemanship for level 1 and up riders; July 8-12 introduction to jumping for level 1 and up riders; July basic horsemanship for all level riders; July advanced horsemanship for level 2-3 riders; July 29-Aug. 2 basic horsemanship for all level riders; Aug. 5-9 intermediate horsemanship for level 2 and up riders; and Aug basic horsemanship for all level riders. Miscellaneous: Our instructors are qualified and we have lots of volunteer help to make sure everyone gets personal attention and stays safe. The camp is for (Continued on page A3)

31 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A3 (Continued from page A2) boys and girls, beginners through advanced who are interested in having fun. Come to our open house on May 11 to sign up and receive a 10 percent discount. For more information, visit BRANDYWINE and RED CLAY VALLEY ASSOCIATIONS MYRICK CENTER SUMMER CAMP 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Rd. West Chester Programs and Events: The Brandywine and Red Clay Valley Associations are not-forprofit watershed organizations dedicated to promoting the restoration, preservation, conservation and enjoyment of our natural resources. The associations 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center offers unique outdoor summer camp for children in June, July and August. Programs for 4- and 5-year-olds are half-day and sensory-based. Six- and 7-yearolds delve into the world of animals and habitats. Eight- and 9-year-olds may tube the Brandywine Creek or go in search of treasure. Ten-to-12-year-olds participate in high adventure caving, rock climbing and overnight camping trips. Youth ages 11-to- 15 can learn everything they need to know about fishing while practicing their skills in ponds, rivers and in the Delaware Bay. For specific date and theme details, visit Tuition: $100-$495 Ages: For ages 4-through-15 years. Dates and Times: June 24-Aug. 9. Fullday from 9-3 p.m. (for campers 6-to-15 years); half-day 9-noon (for campers four and five years old). Before and after-care is available. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Scholarships are available. Visit for camp details and application forms. CAMP LEO Lionville Community YMCA 100 Devon Dr., Exton Programs and Events: Full-day kinder camp for children 3-to-5-years old and day camp for 6-to-15-year-olds. Specialty camps include full-day and half-day programs in arts, dance and nature. Sports camps include basketball, tennis, golf and aquatics. Dates and Times: June 4-Aug. 24. Oneand two-week sessions. Full- and half-day options. (9-4 p.m.) Before- and after-camp extended hours are available. Tuition: Financial assistance is available. Contact the YMCA for information. CAMP MEMORIES Magic Memories Child Development Center 897 Valley Forge Rd., Phoenixville Program and Events: Weekly themes, field trips, Water World, Spanish, crafts, sports, activities, exploration, gardening and more. Snacks and nutritious lunch provided. Tuition: Competitive prices, call us today to schedule a tour. Ages: Camp Jr. for ages three and four (children entering Pre-K); regular camp for ages 4-to-12 (children entering kindergarten to fifth grade). Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 23; from 7-6 p.m. Transportation: Only provided via school (Continued on page A4) Brandywine Valley Association The Brandywine and Red Clay Valley Associations 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center offers unique outdoor summer camp for children in June, July and August. Programs for 4- and 5-year-olds are half-day and sensory-based. Six- and 7-year-olds delve into the world of animals and habitats. Eight- and 9-year-olds may tube the Brandywine Creek or go in search of treasure. Ten-to-12-year-olds participate in high adventure caving, rock climbing and overnight camping trips. Youth ages 11-to-15 can learn everything they need to know about fishing while practicing their skills in ponds, rivers and in the Delaware Bay. For more information, call or visit NOW ENROLLING SUMMER CLASSES & CAMPS!

32 KIDS A4 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A3) bus for off-site field trips. Miscellaneous: Two snacks and lunch provided; educated and experienced staff; child-directed activities and programs; small setting, safe and secure environment/ location; and various off-site trips and activity themes. CAMP UMLY Upper Main Line YMCA 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Rd., Berwyn Programs and Events: Full-day and halfday camps for children two years and older. Traditional day camp headlines our offerings while specialty camps in arts, nature and sports round out our summer program. Old favorites like fishing and tennis and our overnight camps sell out quickly, so register early. Dates and Times: Early sessions for younger children begin May 27. Most camps run June 17-Aug. 9. Tuition: Financial assistance is available. Contact the YMCA for information. CFS SUMMER DAY CAMP 1001 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton , ext Programs and Events: A safe, noncompetitive program where campers are encouraged to have fun, meet new friends and enjoy new experiences. Activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, tennis, soccer, basketball, nature, archery and performing arts. Ages: For ages 4 1/2-to-12 years (age four by Jan. 1, 2013). Dates and Times: Full session (six weeks) from June 24-Aug. 2; first session (three weeks) June 24-July 12; second session (three weeks) July 14-Aug. 2. Plus, flexible two-week options June 25-Aug. 3. Tuition: Financial assistance is available. Contact the YMCA for information. Miscellaneous: This is our 38th summer serving Chester County families. CHESTER VALLEY DANCE ACADEMY, LLC 130 S. Village Ave., Lionville chestervalleydanceacademy.com Programs and Events: Performing arts theater workshops, theme classes for the younger ones and Ballet Intensive program offered. Students are instructed in tap, jazz, ballet, acting, arts and crafts, hair and makeup with a demonstration at the end of the week. Six-week summer dance session features ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and Irish step dancing as well as the theater program which teaches voice, acting and theater dance. Every student participating in the theater program will perform in an inhouse performance in August. Dates and Times: Call for information. EAGLE CENTER for LEARNING SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS 64 N. Pottstown Pike, Suite 1 Chester Springs Programs and Events: Small group instruction in reading, math and writing for ages first-to-fifth grade. Private tutoring in all subjects for ages K-7. Tuition: Call for package rates. Pay in full by June 1 and receive 10 percent discount. Dates and Times: Sessions available beginning June 17. (Continued on page A5) Myrick Conservation Center Summer Camp 2013 June 24 th August 9 th Choose from these exciting themes and more Ages 4-5 Mud Pie Makers Planet Pals Ages 6-7 Dirt Detectives Creepy Crawlies Ages 8-9 Slime, Scales and Tales Eco-Heros Ages Myrick Mudders Survive Alive! Ages Something Fishy For more information and to register visit: Held at the 318-acre Myrick Conservation Center Route 842 (Unionville-Wawaset Road) 6 miles west of West Chester, 3 miles east of Unionville EVOLUTION TRAINING CENTER SUMMER CAMP 2013 A motivated and fun learning experience Qualified Trained Staff Safe, Experienced Horses Beginners to Advanced Riders Cross Country Rides & Lessons Before & After Care Swim in the Brandywine on Horseback Friday Camp Horse Shows Demonstrations from the veterinarian and the blacksmith We emphasize true horsemanship. We teach safe and effective riding, barn management skills, and responsibility for feeding, cleaning and caring for a horse. In addition to camp, Evolution Training Center offers weekly lessons, horseshows, paper chasing, fox hunting and much more! West Chester etcschock@gmail.com CALL TODAY... SPACES STILL AVAILABLE! June 10-Aug. 23 Field trips to Dutch Wonderland, Franklin Institute, Valley Forge Park, Colonial Theatre, American Helicopter Museum & much more! Ice Skating, Playful Chef, Traveling Farm, Gardening, Spanish, Water World Crafts, Games, Sports and more!! Nutritious Lunch and Two Snacks Included MAGIC MEMORIES 897 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville SUMMER 2011 SUMMER 2013

33 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A5 (Continued from page A4) Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Enrichment programs also available. We are located on Rt. 100 in Eagle, across from the Wawa. ESF SUMMER CAMPS at MONTGOMERY SCHOOL Summer: 1141 Rt. 113, Chester Springs Winter: P.O. Box 505 Haverford, Pa., Programs and Events: Mini Camp (age three) is a fun-filled, first-camp experience. Offers full and half day options. Day camp (ages 4-to-8 years) offers arts and crafts, swimming, sports, music and drama, world cultures, science, martial arts, archery, theme days, special events and much more. Sports camp (ages 6-to-14) offers instruction and league games in soccer, basketball, baseball, street hockey, lacrosse, team handball, football and golf. Swimming is available daily. Senior camp (ages 9-to-15) is designed to broaden the horizons of the older camper. We offer art, swimming, sports, archery, martial arts, fencing, True Life Adventures into the worlds of outdoor adventure, drama, digital photography, rocketry, cooking and more! Tuition: Two-to-9-week options available; call for details. Ages: Boys and girls ages 3-to-15 years. Dates and Times: Camp runs from June 17 through Aug. 16 with 2-to-9-week sessions available. Monday through Friday from 9-3 p.m. Club O.T., our extended day program, allows campers to arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. and stay as late as 6 p.m. Due to the camps objectives and unique format, enrollment is limited. Miscellaneous: ESF provides awardwinning, carefully designed programs and activities, a dedicated, experienced and well-trained staff, and a caring, safe environment with premier facilities. Through education, sports and fun, ESF offers opportunities for campers to believe in themselves and to achieve full potential. EVOLUTION TRAINING CENTER, LLC West Chester Program and Events: Visit our web site to view the summer program for horseback riding. Tuition: $350 per week, with reduced fees for multiple weeks or multiple children. Pay Pal available for credit cards and deposits. Ages: For beginners and intermediate riders from 6-to-14 years. Dates and Times: Visit the camp tab on our web site. Miscellaneous: Safe, experienced horses, a qualified, trained staff and beforeand after-care. We teach safe and effective riding and barn management skills. At the end of each week, campers can show off all they have learned for their parents and family at our Friday horseshows. Campers will see demonstrations from the veterinarian and the blacksmith, and get to swim in the Brandywine on horseback. FUTURE AVIATORS SUMMER CAMP 1235 Newark Rd., Toughkenamon Programs and Events: The New Garden Flying Field is offering young people the excitement and discovery of aviation in a summer day camp setting. The five-day camp includes an educational air show, science projects, challenge activities, (Continued on page A6) The Little Gym The Little Gym, 260 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, offers its Anytime Summer Camp for children ages 3-to-10 years. The curriculum combines physical activity, gymnastics and play with arts, crafts and special events. Options include scheduling for a day, a few days or several weeks. Each week features a special theme and each day has a different, creative lesson plan. For more information, call or visit

34 KIDS A6 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A5) museum and airport tours, model rockets, R/C airplanes, hot air balloons and other aviation experiences. Tuition: $350 Ages: For youth ages 7-to-15 years. Dates and Times: July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9 from 9-3 p.m. Miscellaneous: All campers will have the opportunity to take the controls of an airplane during an introductory flight and experience the thrill of what it s like to be a pilot. GREAT VALLEY NATURE CENTER Nature Discovery Camps 4251 State Rd., Phoenixville Programs and Events: Nature day camps and overnight camps with weekly themes. All camps are educational and fun. Environmental games and activities, crafts, live animals, field exploration, pond, stream and more. Age-appropriate day, travel and overnight camps. Specializing in adventure camps for ages 10-to-14 years activities include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, paintball, white water rafting, horseback riding, camping and more. The variety of camps include Best Water Camp, Animal Expedition, Action All Around, Camp Pocono, Wet and Wild and more. Tuition: Call for brochure or visit Ages: From 3-to-14 years. Trailrompers (ages 3-to-5); Elementary Explorers (ages 6- to-7 and 8-to-10); Youth Adventure (ages 10-to-12); and Envirotrek (ages 12-to-14). Dates and Times: Weekly sessions June 11-Aug 31. Half-, full-day, overnight and travel camps available. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Voted Best Children's Camp in Chester County Parent's Choice. INDIAN SPRINGS DAY CAMP Chester Springs or Contacts: Dr. Ben Coren and Ted Furman. Programs and Events: Crafts, nature, boating, fishing, paddleboat, climbing wall, tunnel slides, soccer, football, softball, dance, cookouts, hockey stadium, golf and individual horseback riding program. Four-, five-, six-, seven- and eight-week programs available. Tuition: Call for brochure. Ages: From 3-through-14. Dates and Times: June 24-Aug. 16. New extended hours program from 7:30 drop-off to 5:30 p.m. pick up. Transportation: Yes Miscellaneous: Located on 46 beautiful acres in Chester Springs; lunch provided; small groups with limited enrollment. Camp enjoying its 55th year in operation. LITTLE FACES CHILDCARE CENTER 426 West Gay St., West Chester Program and Events: Full-day summer camp program with weekly themed-based activities, arts and crafts, field trips, swimming, music and more. Ages: From 3-to-12 years. Dates and Times: June 20-Aug. 19 Miscellaneous: Little Faces is located within a 6,500-square foot facility that includes a full-size gymnasium for active (Continued on page A7) WEST CHESTER PARKS &RECREATION DEPT. SUMMER CAMPS 2013 STARTING JUNE 24 SUMMER DAY CAMP Eight weeks (June 24-Aug. 16) Hoopes Park & Everhart Park 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages 5-10 Costs vary; please call for details CAMP B.I.G. Eight weeks (June 24-Aug. 16) Location to be announced 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages Costs vary; please call for details SUMMER ART CAMPS Small Masterpieces Camp (July 22-26) Location to be determined 9-noon for ages 4-6 Art Camp (July 29-Aug. 2) Location to be determined 9-3 p.m. for ages 7-11 Weekly trips (depending on the camp), special guests, sports activities, arts & crafts, morning snack, and lots of fun! Registration forms available from West Chester Parks & Recreation Dept., 401 E. Gay St. (10% off new full-time enrollment until June 2013) ALL RATES INCLUDE BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND TWO SNACKS WEST CHESTER PARKS &RECREATION DEPT Summer Camp June 10-Aug. 23 Sign up for Quest Camp at The WCLC! Taking your child on a new adventure everyday! Fishing Roller Skating Sports Theater Arts & Crafts Swimming And, Field Trips to places like Cherry Crest Farm, The Zoo and The Franklin Institute Now offering week-to-week For children 6-to-12 years For more information on Quest Camp or our preschool, please call WCLC (9252) or us at director@thewclc.com The Whole Child Learning Center 55 Brick Lane, Elverson, PA WCLC (9252)

35 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A7 (Continued from page A6) play. Tuition includes breakfast lunch and two snacks daily. THE LITTLE GYM of EXTON ANYTIME SUMMERTIME CAMP 260 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton Program and Events: Our specially developed camp curriculum combines physical activity, gymnastics and play with arts, crafts and special events. Each week has a special theme and each day has a different, creative lesson plan. Your child and their friends will love to go on a new adventure when they attend camp. Tuition: Call for more information; special deals for multiple camp day purchases or Summer Camp Flex Pass options available. Ages: From 3-to-10 years (kids must be bathroom independent.) Dates and Times: June 17-Aug. 31; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9- noon; and Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Schedule a day, a few days, or several weeks over the summer. Miscellaneous: You can customize your child s camp days to fit your summer schedule. It s the perfect air-conditioned break for kids (and parents) during the long summer months. THE MALVERN DAY CAMP 20 Creek Rd., Glen Mills Programs and Events: Campers will discover nature, engage in fitness and athletic events, investigate science, explore art and discover new experiences. Free swim lessons offered for children to learn or enhance their swimming skills. Tuition: Call for rates. Ages: From 5-to-14 years. Dates and Times: June 17-Aug. 23 from 9-4 p.m.; extended day available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Miscellaneous: We are an accredited ACA camp on a 15-acre site. Camp allows children to establish new friendships and, more importantly, have fun. MALVERN PREP SUMMER PROGRAMS Co-Ed Programs for grades 3-to-12 Academics - Sports - Theater - Enrichment 418 S. Warren Ave., Malvern Programs and Events: For a full listing of our summer program offerings and to register online, go to Programs. Tuition: Varies per program. Miscellaneous: We are excited for the upcoming summer months and hope you will join the Malvern Prep family for a great summer experience. Whether you choose summer studies, sports camps, theater or an enrichment program, we are confident your child will have a productive and fun summer. Malvern Preparatory School is nestled on a 103-acre campus, surrounded by wooded areas. The campus features ponds, nine athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, baseball and football, six tennis courts, two gymnasiums, an indoor pool, art classrooms, computer rooms and several outdoor basketball courts. With a great staff and wonderful facilities, we welcome the opportunity to have your child join us. PARADISE FARM CAMPS 1300 Valley Creek Rd., Downingtown Programs and Events: Junior camp, day camp and teen leadership program. (Continued on page A8)

36 KIDS A8 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A7) Ages: For 5-to-16-year-olds. Dates and Times: Nine weekly sessions from June 17-Aug. 16. Junior camp for ages 5-to-7 years; day camp for ages 8- to-12 years; and teen camp for ages 13- to-16 years. Miscellaneous: Since 1875, Paradise Farm Camps have been providing a high quality youth development program in Chester County. We are fortunate to have 600 acres of scenic, natural resources to enjoy and explore. Camp tours available upon request. American Camp Association accredited. THE PLAYHOUSE SUMMER THEATER CAMP 104 Highland Rd., Atglen Program and Events: Vocal training, acting and theater basics, costume and set design and choreography. All experience levels welcome. Tuition: $250/two-week program; $200/each addition sibling. Ages: For kids 8-to-13 years. Dates and Times: June and June from 8-4 p.m. Finale performance June 27 at 6 p.m. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: A unique opportunity for young students interested in drama and theater to learn about vocal training, acting and staging basics, costume and set design and choreography. Students of all levels can attend and no audition is necessary. Students will learn all the tools necessary to put together a production and demonstrate what they ve learned with a finale performance on the final night of camp. Great resume-building tool. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM VALLEY YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPS CAMP PHOENIX (PHOENIXVILLE YMCA) 400 E. Pothouse Rd., Phoenixville , ext 5763 Programs and Events: Full- and halfday camp. Camp Phoenix offers a traditional summer day camp in a lively, safe environment that builds confidence and self-esteem. Campers enjoy the best of summer on our 51-acre camp ground, including wooded nature trails, canoeing on Pickering Creek, outdoor cooking and more. Choose a traditional day, focus or specialty camp adventure such as performing arts, archery, science, or sports camp. Then cool off under the large picnic pavilions or in one of the many indoor or outdoor swimming pools. Tuition: Call for information; includes before- and after-camp care; sibling discount; financial assistance available to qualified individuals Ages: From 2-to-16 years. Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 30 from 9-4 p.m. Free before- and aftercamp care. Miscellaneous: View all Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA camp locations or download a camp guide and registration forms at PLAYING with SHADOWS SUMMER CAMPS 213 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs Program and Events: Movement & Music, music and art. Tuition: $350; five percent discount for siblings. Ages: For kids 4-to-12 years. Dates and Times: Camps run June 10- Aug. 16 from 9-3 p.m.; dates vary for age (Continued on page A9)

37 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A9 (Continued from page A8) groups. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Brought to you by Hop Toad Studio and Valotta Music Studio, our exciting summer camps explore the ancient art of shadow puppetry. You will learn how to make your own puppets, set up a screen and lights, and create your own shadow plays. Unleash your imagination and see where it can take you. We will incorporate movement, creative art projects and have fun outdoor art and music activities. At the end of the week, put on a performance for the family to enjoy. Students will learn about this ancient art form and create a cinematic shadow and light presentation using spoken word and storytelling, combined with their own puppet and scenery creations and performed behind a large screen. Students will create storyboards, stick puppets, masks, scenery, dialogue, music and props. We will focus on practicing tolerance through sharing and interaction and the satisfaction of building your own ideas. For complete details, visit com/summer-camps. SUMMER CLAY CAMP at the POTTERY PLACE 1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd. Downingtown chris@harmonpottery.com Programs and Events: Clay camp for children ages seven-to-teens. All projects will be done in clay through hand-building and some pottery wheel. A new theme is introduced each day and campers create projects according to the theme of the day. Tuition: $160/week. Dates and Times: Camps are offered 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3: p.m. Visit web site for dates and times. SAGINAW DAY CAMP 740 Saginaw Rd., Oxford (Winter: 125 N. Burnt Mill Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J.) CAMP (2267) Programs and Events: Swim instruction and free swim daily, go-karts, arts and crafts, all sports, laser tag, 60-foot climbing wall, zip-line, outdoor adventure, cooking, ATVs and fishing. Tuition: $390-$435/week (two-week minimum). Ages: From 4-to-15 years. Dates and Times: June 24-Aug. 16 from 9-4 p.m. with extended care available. Transportation: Yes (additional fee). Miscellaneous: Saginaw Day Camp provides a wide variety of activities and a qualified staff. Counselors are carefully screened, interviewed and selected on the basis of skill, enthusiasm and a desire to work with children. We offer a safe and healthy environment which encourages each child to discover and excel at new activities, develop life-long friendships and promote self-confidence. Lunch and snack included daily. SCHOOL OF ROCK SUMMER BOOT CAMP 478 Acorn La., Downingtown downingtown@schoolofrock.com Program and Events: One-week rock and roll camps. Tuition: $495. Multiple camp discounts available as well as a bring-a-friend discount of 20 percent. Ages: From 8-to-16 years. (Continued on page A10)

38 KIDS A10 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A9) Dates and Times: Five-day camps the weeks of June 24, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 5 from 10-3 p.m. Songwriting/recording camp for intermediate/advanced students July 15. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Rock camps offer a unique blend of one-on-one private lessons and group rehearsal where students are encouraged to find their inner rock star. Camp ends with a free performance in our venue where the kids debut their songs. Attendance limited to approximately 15 campers per camp. SCIENCE EXPLORERS P.O. Box 245, Blue Ball Programs and Events: Hands-on science camps. Tuition: $205/week for half-day camps; $385/week for full-day camp. Ages: For ages 7-to-11 years; junior camps for ages 4-to-6 years. Dates and Times: Weekly camps from June 10-Aug. 30. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Exciting topics include Amusement Park Adventures," Take a Dive, "FUN-omenal Physics, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Potions, Powders and Polymers, "Ancient Civilizations" and Science Explorers Jr. programs. SIXERS CAMP P.O. Box Philadelphia, Pa., Program and Events: Day and overnight camps, featuring basketball and dance, in the tri-state area. Tuition: $190-$650 Ages: From 5-through-17 years. Dates and Times: July and August. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: The camp features current 76ers players and coaches as well as several former campers and counselors now playing professionally. All programs are geared toward teaching the fundamentals and skills in a non-competitive, ageappropriate environment. ST. PETER S PIKELAND UCC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 1193 Clover Mill Rd., Chester Springs Program and Events: Bible stories, crafts and arts, physical-organized activities and music. Tuition: $15/child; optional Lunch Bunch additional $5 per day/per child. Ages: For kids entering kindergarten through entering sixth grade. Dates and Times: June from 9- noon (Lunch Bunch until 1 p.m.). Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Enjoy a beautiful setting in Chester Springs. THE STITCHCRAFT STUDIO 2013 SUMMER SEWING CAMPS 1150 Boot Rd., Downingtown thestitchcraftstudio.com Programs and Events: Learn to Sew, American Girl Doll and Me, Summer Fun, PJ Party and more. Tuition: Varies (Continued on page A11) Learn per Call now or visit website for registration and camp information: Mini-Camps Discover your Dramatic Side! You know it s there. We can find it. Learn acting skills and star in a special end-of-camp performance. Join us for a dramatically fun week and discover a new character in you! Mini Camps held in conjunction with the Phoenixville Recreation Dept. Camps can be taken separately or as part of a Phoenixville program.

39 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A11 (Continued from page A10) Ages: From 8-to-18 years. Dates and Times: June 17-July 22 Miscellaneous: Each week has a different theme with different projects. Camps are for the very beginner to the very advanced. Camper-to-teacher ratio is 3:1 and each camper has his/her own machine with which to work. SUMMER ART CAMP at the WAYNE ART CENTER 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne Program and Events: Creative and fun instruction in the fine arts, dramatic arts and culinary arts for ages 3-through-15 years in all skill levels. Tuition: Half-day/$200 week; fullday/$350. Ages: From 3-through-15 years. Dates and Times: June 3-Aug. 23. Mornings from 9:30-noon; afternoons from 12:30-3 p.m.; and late from 3:15-5:15 p.m. (after July 8). Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Join us for our 30th anniversary season. Creative and fun art classes taught by professional artists and teachers in a range of media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, fashion design, culinary arts and more. SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM at EYE LEVEL LEARNING CENTER Taking Math and English to the next level! 260 N. Pottstown pike, Suite 36, Exton (near Produce Junction) Programs and Events: Critical thinking math, arithmetic, word problems, brain teasers, story writing, creative writing, language arts and reading club. Tuition: Call to get information on options. Ages: Preschool to middle school students. Dates and Times: July 9-11, July 16-18, July and July 30-Aug 1 from p.m. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Now is the time to develop your child's thinking power. Yearround, after-school or weekend supplemental and enrichment program. Math and English programs cater to students of all ages and abilities. Many parents today are facing educational challenges and looking for answers to help their children succeed academically. Whether the immediate goal is for early learning, remedial education, or academic challenge, Eye Level is the answer. More than two million K-to-12 students have benefited from Eye Level programs to develop math and English proficiency and become self-directed, lifelong learners. SUMMER GROUP of SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA 220 W. Gay St., Third Floor West Chester Program and Events: Group building, therapeutic skill building (social skills, coping with stress, anger management), academic activities, outdoor activities (fishing, swimming, hiking, games). Tuition: $60/day. Ages: For youth 9-to-12 years and 13-to- 17 years. Dates and Times: Mornings, evenings, three-hour sessions; exact times and dates (Continued on page A12)

40 KIDS A12 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A11) to be announced. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Groups are run by master s level therapists and qualified counselors. Insurance can be billed for the therapeutic component. Call for more information. SUMMER SESSIONS at WESTTOWN SCHOOL 975 Westtown Rd., West Chester Program and Events: Summer Sessions at Westtown School offer co-educational day enrichment programs in arts, academics, athletics and outdoor education. Our programs consist of hands-on, discovery-driven activities in a creative, supportive and inclusive environment. Exciting morning enrichment activities and afternoon day-camp options create a flexible schedule you tailor to your child's desires and your family's needs. Class sizes are limited to maximize fun and education, but they fill quickly. Algebra 1, Geometry, Chemistry and United States History courses are available for high school credit as well as SAT prep and driver's education. Ages: For children entering PK-12 in the fall of Dates and Times: June 17-Aug. 9 Miscellaneous: Enjoy 600 acres of summer fun with our talented professional faculty of teachers, artists and coaches. Full-day and half-day weekly enrollment are available, with before- and after-care options. TOUCH OF CLASS DANCE STUDIO SUMMER DANCE CAMPS and SUMMER DANCE CLASSES Milltown Square, 150 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Downingtown Programs and Events: Summer dance camp at Touch of Class offers many funfilled activities. Basic dance steps and choreography are taught with emphasis on developing coordination and performance skills. Each day is based on a theme, accompanied by a special arts and craft project. A healthy snack is provided. Dance experience is not necessary. Tuition: Summer dance camp $100. Ages: For 4-to-8-year-olds. Dates and Times: July from 9-11:30 a.m. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Summer dance classes run June 19-July 24. Classes in PeeWee, open tumbling, Level 1 and 2 jazz fusion, youth and intermediate-advance ballet, contemporary jazz, intermediateadvanced hip hop, and improv. Dance classes for ages three years to adult. UNITED SPORTS 1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd. Downingtown Programs and Events: United Sports has created an interactive camp experience that you wish you had when you were a kid. Summer Camp focuses on (Continued on page A13)

41 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A13 (Continued from page A12) the development of the physical and social while offering children the opportunity to expand their creative horizons and add new interests. All of this is accomplished through the efforts of our experienced professional staff and counselors who make time every day to engage your child in healthy and positive experiences. Our goal is to provide campers with a safe and happy summer filled with engaging activities that increase self-worth and a feeling of accomplishment. Boys and girls participate in age-appropriate games and activities, including day camp, Total Sports Camp, PeeWee Camp and sport specific camps. Tuition: Visit unitedsportscamps.net for ways to save, half-day, full-day, extended care and full summer options. Ages: For boys and girls ages 3-to-18 years. Dates and Times: June 3-Aug. 23. Fullday and half-day options; one-week sessions or full summer option. Half-day 9-noon; full-day 9-4 p.m. Extended hour camps available for early drop-off and late pick-up. Lunch program is available. Miscellaneous: With an unbelievable indoor facility, there are no rainouts. Inquire about special PeeWee Camp and day camp theme weeks and field trips. WEST CHESTER PARKS and RECREATION SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM SUMMER DAY CAMP CAMP B.I.G. 401 E. Gay St., West Chester Program and Events: Weekly themes, sports, music, crafts, swimming, bus trips and special guests. Tuition: Prices vary depending on camp and camp package. Sibling discount and financial aid available. Ages: Summer day camp 5-to-10- year-olds; and Camp B.I.G. 11-to-14- year-olds. Children must be within the age specifications at the start of their respective camps. Dates and Times: Day camp June 24- Aug. 16, Monday through Friday, from 7:30-6 p.m.; and Camp B.I.G. June 24- Aug. 16, Monday through Friday, from 7:30-5:30 p.m. No camp July 4. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Camp registration deadline is July 14. For more information, call or visit /recreation.php. WEST CHESTER STUDIO for the PERFORMING ARTS Classes and Summer Camps are at Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High St., West Chester therese@westchesterstudio.com Summer Camps Story Theater: July 15-19, July and Aug 5-9 from 9-12:30 p.m. for ages 6-to-9 years. Musical Productions Goin Buggy: July 8-12 from 9-3 p.m. for 7-to-9-year-olds. Macbeth, The Musical Comedy!: June from 9-3 p.m. for ages 11-to- 14. Glee Week July and Aug from 9-3 p.m. for ages 9-to-16. Includes private voice lessons. Improv Week July 29-Aug. 2 from 9-3 p.m. for ages 9-to-13. Theatrical Production Aug from 9-3 p.m. for ages 11- to-17. Acting for the Camera Workshops July 8-9 and Aug. 7-8 (two-day workshops at Great Valley High School TV Studio, Malvern) from 9-3 p.m. for ages 11-to-17 years. THE WHOLE CHILD LEARNING CENTER, INC. 55 N. Brick La., Elverson WCLC (9252) Program and Events: Quest campers will enjoy swimming, field trips, sports, crafts and games. There are many flexible programs available. Please call for (Continued on page A14) Recognized as one of the best dance studios in Chester County Now Registering for Summer Dance Camp and Summer Dance Classes Competition Auditions Tuesday, June 4 Call for Information and a Brochure! We Host Birthday Parties Visit us on Facebook!

42 KIDS A14 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A13) information. Tuition: $160 activity fee plus $136- $213 per week. Ages: Adventure Camp for ages 2-to-5 years. Quest Camp for ages 6-to-12 years. Dates and Times: June10-Aug. 23 from 7-6 p.m. daily. Miscellaneous: At the Whole Child Learning Center, you can give your child a summer they will remember forever. Quest Camp is an exciting program designed to take your child on a different adventure every day. THE YMCA OF THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY BRANDYWINE YMCA 295 Hurley Rd., West Brandywine YMCA Programs and Events: Let your child s imagination soar at a Y day camp this summer. Full- and half-day camp options include Iddy Biddy Camp, Iddy Biddy Specialty Camps, Camp Brandywine Day Camp, Teen Adventure Camp, Babysitter Blast Camp, tennis camp, fencing camp, skateboard camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Field Games Camp, and more. Kids love the YMCA s 30-acre campus that includes a swimming pool with water slide, ball fields and trails. Tuition: Call for information; financial assistance available. Ages: Preschool through 17 years. Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 23 from 9-4 p.m. Extended care option is available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Miscellaneous: ACA-accredited Brandywine YMCA summer camp features easy drive up/drop off and pick up. No membership required to sign up for camp. Visit to download a summer camp guide. Register online, at the YMCA, by mail or by phone ( YMCA). Jennersville YMCA 880 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove YMCA Programs and Events: Your child will make lasting memories at a Y day camp this summer. Jennersville YMCA s full- and half-day camp options feature a summer full of fun Camp Chippewa, Preschool Camp Discovery, Sports Camps, Teen Camps, Aquatic Adventure Camp, Center Stage Camp, Intro to Drama Camp, Diva Camp, Creative Kids Camp, Mad Science Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp and more. Kids love running and playing on the YMCA s 16-acre campus, featuring three swimming pools, two water slides, ball fields, pavilions, playground and access to the YMCA s indoor facilities. Tuition: Call for information; financial assistance is available. Ages: Ages three-to-10th grade. Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 23 from 9-4 p.m. Extended camp time option from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. available. Miscellaneous: ACA-accredited camp features easy drive up/drop off and pick up. No membership required to sign up for camp. Visit to download a summer camp guide. Register online, at the YMCA, by mail or by phone ( YMCA). Kennett Area YMCA 101 Race St., Kennett Square YMCA Programs and Events: Get ready for an awesome summer adventure at a Y day camp. Kennett Area YMCA s full- and halfday camp options feature traditional (Continued on page A16)

43 MAY 2013 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 KIDS A15 Touch of Class Touch of Class Dance Studio, Downingtown and Broomall, is offering a summer camp for 4-to-8-year olds July from 9-11:30 a.m. Each day of the camp is based on a different theme, and students will have fun learning different styles of dance, accompanied by an arts and crafts project. Dance experience is not necessary. Summer dance classes will run June 19-July 24; classes offered include PeeWee, open tumbling, jazz fusion, youth and intermediate/advanced ballet, contemporary jazz, intermediate/advanced hip hop and improv. For more information, call or visit classdance.com. Summer Clay Camp at The Pottery Place Clay Camp ages 7-thru-14 All camps taught by experienced teacher and clay artist Cost: $160 per week (includes all materials) Clay Camp: Includes a variety of projects using hand building and potter s wheel. Will also learn glazing techniques. Camps held the weeks of: June 17, July 1, 8, 15, 29, Aug. 5, 12 For info: or Chris@harmonpottery.com BOOK FAMILY FARM Hallelujah Horses All Horses All Day Summer Day Camp for ages 9 years & up June June July 8-12 July July July 29-Aug. 2 Aug. 5-9 Aug % DISCOUNT if signed up on or before our OPEN HOUSE on May 11 from 10-2 pm 251 S. Sandy Hill Rd.,Coatesville hallelujahhorses@verizon.net Voted Best Children s Camp in Chester County! -Parent s Choice Great Valley Nature Center 4251Rt. State 29 & Road, Hollow Phoenixville, Road - Devault PA (3 miles(3 from miles Malvern from Malvern, - 2 miles 2 from from Phoenixville) Phoenixville) Great Valley Nature Center Summer Nature Camps -Trailrompers (ages 4-5) 3-5) -Elementary Explorers (ages 6-7, 8-10) -Youth Adventure (ages 10-12) -Enviro-trek (ages 12-14) -Nature themed, FUN and educational -Half/full/overnight travel camps -Small groups -Pre- and after-camp extended hours ADVENTURE CAMPS FOR AGES Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Water Adventures, Horseback Riding, Paintball, Ocean Exploring, Camping, Live Animals and More! For more information please call, download a detailed brochure from our website, or us : gvnature@gmail.com

44 KIDS A16 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 2013 MAY 2013 (Continued from page A14) Camp Lenni Lenape, full-day sports camps, specialty camps, adventure camps to include alpine tower and skateboarding, full-day Montessori preschool camp, fullday and half day preschool camp, traveling teen camp, Leader-In-Training and Counselor-In-Training Camps and opportunities for junior counselors. Tuition: Call for information; financial assistance is available. Ages: From 3-to-17 years. Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 23 from 9-4 p.m.; 9-noon or 1-4 p.m. half day. Extended camp time available 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Miscellaneous: ACA-accredited camp features easy drive up/drop off and pick up and optional extended camp time, before and after camp. No membership required to sign up for camp. Visit to download a summer camp guide. Register online, at the YMCA, by mail or by phone ( ). Octorara YMCA Program Center 104 Highland Rd. Suite 1, Atglen Programs and Events: Your kids won t want the day to end at a Y summer camp. Octorara YMCA summer camp offers recreational games, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports, nature, drama and more. Weekly camp themes like Amazing Race and Creepy Crawly give campers the chance to have fun and make lasting memories. Preschoolers will enjoy full- or half-day camp, with theme-based weeks filled with stimulating hands-on activities, literacybased crafts and songs and games to nurture their love of learning. Tuition: Call for information; financial assistance is available. Ages: From 1-to-17 years, with counselors-in-training for seventh-throughninth graders and junior counselors for 10th-through-12th graders. (Summer care for Infants is also available, check for availability). Dates and Times: June 10-Aug. 23 from 9-4 p.m. full-day; 9-noon or 1-4 p.m. halfday. Extended camp time available from 7-9 a.m. and/or 4-6 p.m. Miscellaneous: ACA-accredited summer camp features easy drive up/drop off. No membership required to sign up for camp. Visit to download a summer camp guide. Register online, at the YMCA, by mail or by phone ( YMCA). Oscar Lasko YMCA Youth Program Center 1 E. Chestnut St., West Chester YMCA Programs and Events: Specialty camps at the Oscar Lasko YMCA Youth Program Center filled last summer, so hurry in to reserve your spot. New camps this year include Passport to Fun; Cartooning, Comic Books and Superheroes; Craft Y Wars; Multi-Media Art; Extreme Universe; Baby- Sitter; and Turf Field Boot Camp. Kids will also love the new activities scheduled for returning favorites, including gym and turf sports, gymnastics, theater, music, karate, dance, mystery, cooking, science and building fun. The Y has something for every child. Mix and match AM and PM camps to make a full-day or choose just morning or afternoon camps. Optional Spark Time extended hours round out the day. Tuition: Call for information or view our camp guide on the web at Financial assistance is available. Ages: From 3-to-15-years. Dates and Times: June 24-Aug. 30 from 9-noon or 1-4 p.m. Extended camp time available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Miscellaneous: No membership required to sign up for camp. Visit to download a summer camp guide. Register online, inperson at the YMCA, by mail or by phone ( YMCA). West Chester Area YMCA 605 Airport Rd., West Chester YMCA Programs and Events: Explore a place for fun and adventure each day at our summer day camp. The Y offers an array of exciting ACA-accredited camp programs, including traditional day camp, horse camps, preschool camp, teen leadership camp and more. Tuition: Call for information. Financial assistance is available. Ages: From 3-to-15 years. Dates and Times: June 24-Aug. 30. Fullday programs from 9-4 p.m.; half-day programs from 9-noon, or 1-4 p.m. Extended hours available from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Miscellaneous: New this year, online registration available. Visit bwv.org/camp to register online, download a camp guide and forms, or visit our branch for a full camp packet. (Editor s note: The following camp listing was received after deadline and, as a result, does not appear in its proper alphabetical sequence.) ATA MARTIAL ARTS SUMMER CAMP Bradford Plaza (opposite Giant) 658 Downingtown Pike, West Chester Programs and Events: Martial arts training, fun, games and special talks from local police, fire and ambulance personnel. Tuition: $240/week Ages: From 6-to-13 years. Dates and Times: Six weeks to choose from Camp 1 runs June 24-28; Camp 2 July 8-12; Camp 3 July 15-19; Camp 4 July 22-26; Camp 5 Aug. 5-9; and Camp 6 Aug Camps are from 9-3 p.m. daily. Transportation: No Miscellaneous: Learn martial arts and more in a safe, structured environment. Sign up before June 1 to receive early bird registration discounts.

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