Our second annual Healthy Plymouth April Vacation Week Program was held from Monday, April 17th through Friday, April 21st, 2017. This free, fun and engaging week of programming is offered to middle school students that live in Plymouth. Details about each day of programming can be found below. Students may register for one or more of the days.
Through the generosity of our community, all programs are free. Have a program you would like to recommend? Please contact Krystal Danner at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2017 April Vacation Week, at a glance:
- All programs run from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Lunch and Snacks are provided
- Open to all middle school students that live in Plymouth
- All programs are FREE
- Programming held at the Loring Library, 381 Court Street, unless otherwise noted
- A separate Registration Form and Liability Waiver must be submitted for each day of programming.
2017 Program Selection
Monday, April 17
MODERN HAND SEWING WITH DOGGSPOT DESIGNS
Decorate your space - Students will learn basic hand sewing techniques which will be used to create a cloth wall hanging, perfect to decorate their very own space.
CYANOTYPE & PHOTOGRAPHY
Many photographers today are glued to their computer screens where they enhance and manipulate images. With this program, students will walk away from computers and phones and experience different ways to create imagery. We will coat paper, expose to sunlight and rinse to complete a print. We will also tone a chosen print with coffee and tea to create a sepia colored image. Note: Students must wear appropriate clothing, due to the possibility of staining.
All students will also participate in a group DRUM CIRCLE: Drumming the Rhythms of Nature, led by Dr. Richard Brech.
Tuesday, April 18
Students may choose Option 1: ROCK ART, GROUP EXERCISE, MINDFUL MEDITATION & NATURE WALK
Students will be provided with a rock, along with materials and ideas for decorating it.
GROUP EXERCISE with Old Colony YMCA
Staff from the YMCA will lead an hour of mixed workouts, such as BODYCOMBAT, BOOTCAMP and BODYFLOW.
MINDFUL MEDITATION with Heather Nevulis
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leader in the mindfulness community, defines mindfulness as the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. In this class we will learn the basics of what mindfulness is and the neuroscience behind it. We will experience mindfulness through two guided practices and will make a mindfulness glitter bottle for students to take home.
NATURE WALK with Wildlands Trust
Wildlife is all around us, and can be easier to spot than you might imagine! Wildlands Trust Educator Rachael Calderara will lead a walk through different natural habitats to look for signs of wildlife, ending on a white sand beach in Plymouth Harbor, with possible views of nesting osprey.
Or Option 2: TT'S SKILLZ N’ DRILLZ BASKETBALL
TT’s Skillz N’ Drillz mission is to educate and empower our youth with confidence and dedication through hard work, commitment, and integrity. This program will encourage development of knowledge of the game including fundamental basketball and life skills, in a fun, loving and safe environment. (program hosted at St. Peter's Church, 86 Court Street)
Wednesday, April 19
PLYMOUTH POLICE SPECIAL OPERATIONS DAY
This program will feature presentations from the following units; Mounted Unit, School Resource Officer, K-9 Unit, Motorcycles, Marine Unit, Street Crimes Unit and MetroLEC SWAT.
All students will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on snack prep session with the owners of the Farmer’s Table. Lynn Tripp is a culinary professor at Johnson & Wales University. Her daughter Olivia Tripp is a Johnson & Wales graduate.
Thursday, April 20
EXPLORING RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECHTURE
Local architect, Bill Fornaciari, will provide an interactive presentation on residential architecture in today's building world.
QUINCY COLLEGE and CORDAGE MUSEUM
Quincy College at Cordage Park will host a pizza lunch and Career & College Exploration session for students. The Plymouth Cordage Museum will provide a presentation on the dreams and careers of immigrants who came from overseas to work at the Cordage Company.
KIDS YOGA with Tony Baldwin
Students will end the day with student centered Yoga practice.
All students will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on snack prep session with Marcia Richards, a nutritionist at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth.
Friday, April 21
EARTH DAY WITH TERRA CURA
Students will learn about Industrial vs. Local Food systems. They will work as a team to add a composting system to garden beds that April Vacation students installed last year and will prepare the beds for this year's plantings.
Students will participate in a planting activity that they can take home, along with creating Seed Bombs to create pollinator gardens.
Students will also participate in a beekeeping presentation and honey tasting, and will make homemade salsa to share with the group.
We thank the many volunteers and businesses that supported our 2016 April Vacation programs: Old Colony YMCA, Beach Ambassadors of Goldenrod Foundation, Dr. Richard Brech, TT's SKillz 'N Drillz, Plymouth Police Department, Cordage Historical Museum, Quincy College, Bill Fornaciari Architects, Terra Cura Edible School and Community Gardens, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Peter's Church, Old Colony Memorial, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth, Plymouth Public Schools, Ernie's Restaurant, KKaties Burger Bar, The CabbyShack, Nosh Tavern, Rock Solid Construction, British Beer Company, and many Plymouth community members.