Happy Summer Solstice -- the day with the most hours of sunlight during the entire year.
I'm sure your youngsters are celebrating the end of school. I hope each of them had a successful academic year. We at The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment are excited about our 45th Summer Literacy Program, which begins on July 10. Since 1972 the Center has been offering children an academically enriching and fun way to avoid "Summer Slide," which happens when students, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months.
This year we have added a new element to the Summer Program -- dance! Irina Knust, who has trained with such dance legends as Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, will be instructing the children in tap, hip hop and body percussion. I believe it's important that children learn to express themselves in a variety of ways and adding dance to our program will encourage our students to do just that. If you have not already signed your child up for the Summer Program, there are still openings for both full and half-day sessions. To register or to find out more, contact me at 422-4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While summer is a time to relax and enjoy, it also is an opportunity to expose your children to various learning experiences. As you have often heard me say, parents are their children's first and most important teachers. There are plenty of fun and educational things do locally that cost little or no money and provide wonderful learning experiences. Public libraries offer an array of programs for children of all ages. It's never too early to start good reading habits. Check with your local library to find out more. Click here to see what's happening at White Plains Library.
Also in White Plains each Wednesday there is a Farmer's Market on Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue from 8AM-4PM. It's a great way for children to learn about what local farmers grow. Each weekend the County sponsors a Cultural Heritage Celebration at the Valhalla Dam allowing your family to take a trip around the world without having to travel far from home. Click here for upcoming events.
Our friends at Barnes & Noble in the White Plains City Center also have plenty of child-centered activities planned. Click here to learn more. The Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase, offers a variety of exhibits and is FREE to all visitors on the first Saturday of the month. For more info, click here. Directly across the street from SUNY is the recently reopened Sculpture Garden at Pepsico. For details, click here. And, the Westchester Children's Museum, located in Rye, is a vibrant learning space filled with unique hands-on exhibits. To learn more, click here.
If you are planning a road trip, there is a wonderful new place that will delight children and adults - The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. Dedicated to Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), the recently opened museum is located only a few hours from here in Springfield, MA, Geisel's hometown. There's plenty to do at the museum including encountering some of the characters who sprang out to Geisel's imagination such as Horton, The Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Sam I Am. For details, click here. Springfield also is the location of the Basketball Hall of Fame. (Click here.) And, in Amherst, MA, there is The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. One of my favorite children's book illustrators, Carle is best-known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a book that has delighted millions of children all over the world and been translated into 62 languages.
So whether near or far, I hope you and your children will have an enjoyable and educational summer.
I look forward to seeing many of you on July 10 when we kick off our 45th Summer Literacy Program!
Sr. St. John Delany, PhD