Nature Girls – Nature Girls, a signature Teatown Lake Reservation project, offers the opportunity for under-served fifth grade girls in our community to develop a love for the natural sciences by providing positive outdoor experiences studying plants and wildlife living in our neighboring parks and preserves. Introduced in October 2015, this exciting program meets weekly during the fall and spring at either Peabody Preserve or the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center at Kinglsand Park, and in the colder winter months, at Washington Irving School. Kids’ Club is proud to have helped launch this program that exposes young girls to the wonder of nature and empowers them to succeed in the natural sciences.
Rivertown Dance Academy – Rivertown Dance Academy (“RDA”), with fiscal sponsorship from Evolve Dance, Inc., is a not-for-profit dance organization offering dance instruction and performance opportunities for students of all levels of experience. Classes in tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, theater jazz and modern dance are available for students beginning as young as 18 months and up through adulthood. Housed in the United Methodist Church in Tarrytown, RDA serves over 130 students, approximately 27% of whom receive financial assistance with tuition. Kids’ Club is proud to help fund scholarships to RDA for youth from Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow who otherwise would not be able to afford this wonderful creative, artistic and athletic opportunity.
RSHM LIFE Center’s After School Program – Kids’ Club is proud to have provided financial support to this after school program, which offers a safe learning and recreational environment for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Daily, children are assisted with their homework and given assignments to support math and English skills. Bilingual staff members are available, as 90% of the students speak English as their second language. The program emphasizes fair play, solid study habits and a love of learning and knowledge.
Summer Camps – Since 2009, Kids’ Club has worked collaboratively with the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow to make available a six-week local summer camp experience for more than 100 children annually, whose families otherwise could not afford it. Scholarships funded by Kids’ Club, Westchester County, and the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have enabled campers to participate five days a week in educational, creative, athletic, and recreational activities supervised by qualified counselors in a safe environment. In addition to this well-attended camp, Kids’ Club also has provided support for campers from low-income families to attend TUFSD’s Summer Arts Camp, the RSHM LIFE Center’s 5-week Sleepy Hollow camp program, the Ossining Open Door’s Reach Out and Read preschool camp, as well as a ten-day sleep-away experience at The Summer Camp in Maine.
Warner Library’s “STEAM Learning with little Bits” – In support of an initiative to increase STEAM opportunities for all children in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, in 2017, Kids’ Club helped Warner Library purchase four little Bits electronic building kits. These kits allow children ages 8-12 to engage in hands-on engineering activities after school at no charge. Working with a student facilitator from Sleepy Hollow High School, children assemble to invent simple machines and vehicles, either by following guided instructions or just by using their imaginations. The workshops are offered monthly and are available for up to ten children at a time.
Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s Y Theatre Program – The Y Theatre Program has enabled over 200 elementary school children, no matter their financial means, to enjoy the creative experience of musical theater twice a year. This wonderful opportunity to participate in theatrical productions fosters an enriching type of learning that carries over into the children’s school work and their everyday lives. Kids’ Club is proud to have helped fund this enriching experience.