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It's All About Fun at Summer Fun in Warren

Mia Bivaletz

Thursday, July 10, 2014 • 2:48pm

WARREN, NJ - It might be summer, but students in Warren Township have chosen to spend time back at school. Following in the footsteps of over 20 years of successful summers, the current 2014 Summer Fun program has been shining brighter ever day.This summer, there are 35 teachers and paraprofessionals working with more than 300 children enrolled. Students were able to select from a menu of 21 classes, consisting of a wide variety of choices from academics, to athletics, to the Arts.

Discover Science, taught by MaryBeth LeBlond, allows students to explore science principles through hands-on experiences. Each day presents with a new experiment and new learning as students investigate the power of microscopes, magnets, and air pressure. They are eager to discover the science behind Silly Putty, slime, bubbles, and crystals. 
 
Susan Leonard heard a resounding “yes” on the first day of her class, So You Want To Sew. Students have begun to learn important skills and techniques, sewing  by hand in addition to using sewing machines. They are thrilled to have opportunities to make items such as the following: tote bags, pocketbooks, cell phone holders, lap quilts, and pillows.
 
With MasterChef Junior as a recent television hit, Cooks and Books has youngsters bubbling over with excitement when it comes to cooking. Matching that with students’ love of reading, teacher Michele Tanzi said, “Reading has never tasted so good!” Her class is a perfect way to take fledgling chefs on a culinary adventure. With a focus on nutritious and delicious foods, the class utilizes books not only for recipes, but to celebrate diverse cultures.
 
Gymnastics and P.L.A.Y., taught by Shannon O’Shea and Laura Lamson respectively, are active and engaging. With a certified USGA gymnastics trainer, students stretch, tumble, cartwheel and flip. The focus is on strength training and flexibility. During P.L.A.Y. (Physical & Leisure Activities for the Young), students stay fit through indoor and outdoor sports and games such as waffle ball, Eskimos, and ice castles. The focus is on trust, teamwork, and self-expression.
 
Working together for the last decade, Coordinator Meryl Lettire and her assistant Eileen Haddican, have seen the program grow and change in many positive and exciting ways. They now allow weekly schedules so students can pick different classes each week. They have different options for students attending all five weeks as well as a flexible schedule if families go out of town. Another improvement has been in pricing, as Lettire and Haddican offered sibling discounts, early bird discounts, and supersaver discounts. “Each year we strive to find exciting new course offerings, to provide amazing choices to complement our amazing students,” said Lettire. Warren Summer Fun… Shining Brighter Every Day.
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