MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
The Stone Street and Tarawa Terrace Youth Pavilions aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune held an open house, Saturday, for all parents who have children attending any of the Department of Defense primary, elementary and middle schools.
Parents and students had the opportunity to tour the facilities, ask questions, learn about the School Age Care program, day-to-day operations and expectations.
“A lot of this is aimed for the new kindergarteners and their parents,” said Maria Ready, the supervisor for special programs aboard Camp Lejeune. “It’s really important for them to come into the new facility and be able to feel a sense of recognition when they come back on the first day of school. The whole purpose is to show them where things are, whether it’s the bathroom or the lockers, and what to expect on the first day.”
School Age Care is offered to kindergarten students through 12 years old from 5:45 to 8 a.m. and from the 2:30 to 6 p.m. at both the Stone Street and Tarawa Terrace Youth Pavilions and provides bus service to and from school.
Students are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack and the staff plans activities in wood working, sewing, fine arts and science.
“Here at the youth center, the building is actually open to the children and they have free roam, but there are child-care providers in every section so they can go as they please and make their own choices,” said Jennifer Triolo, School Age Care program assistant leader. “We also offer Boys and Girls Clubs in that they can choose from in the afternoon.”
Some of the clubs students can participate in include Power Hour, which assists with homework, Triple Play (Mind, Body and Soul) Fitness, Healthy Habits and Kids for Saving Earth, which educates children on the importance of “going green.”
“They can engage in so many different activities throughout the center,” said Ready. “We have different projects and during the summertime we have field trips.”
Parents who still need to register their children for SAC should go to Resource and Referral, located at the Midway Park Marine and Family Services Annex aboard the MCB Camp Lejeune housing area.
To register their child, they will need to have their child’s shot record, their military identification card and page two of their Service Record Book if they are a single parent.
For more information on SAC, call 450-8674.