Recreation Director’s Report

Recreation Director’s Report

March 11, 2014

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 the Recreation Department sponsored a School Break Fun Day program. During the February school vacation, the Recreation Department sponsors fun and exciting field trips each year in order to get children out of the house to engage in some social interaction and to participate in some type of physical activity. We had 32 (1st – 6th grade) students who went “indoor rock climbing” with us at the Green Mountain Climbing Center in the morning. After lunch, the group enjoyed an afternoon of swimming in the Mitchell Therapy Pool at VAC.

On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Pittsford Recreation Department and the Maclure Library hosted our last Family Fun Night of the winter, over 52 people attended. The theme for this Family Fun Night was “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Each event is held at the Vermont Police Academy. Family Fun Nights are designed for our local families with children in the third grade and younger. The Maclure Library supplies the wonderful art & craft projects. The Recreation Department is in charge of providing physical activities and games for families to take part in, such as “Giant Connect Four, Checkers, Chess, & Dart Ball”. Family Fun Nights are a fun way for the kids to burn-off some of their built up energy and allows parents to socialize a bit.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 the Recreation Department began its seventh season of the Learn to ski & snowboard program at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Thirty-one students of various ages and skill levels are participating in this four week program. The program is designed for around thirty students. (19-2013, 16-2012, 22-2011, 30-2010, 30-2009, & 23-2008). Students are divided in small groups based on skill level and each week will receive a one hour lesson from a Snow Bowl instructor. After each class the students have 2 hours to ski or ride. The kids who can demonstrate to their instructors that they are chair lift ready are given passes which allows them to ride a lift up and work on refining the skills they have learned as they descend the mountain. The remaining students, or beginners, continue to practice their stopping and turning in the “Discovery Zone” (a.k.a. bunny slope). This year 29 of 31 participants are at the beginner level. It’s rewarding to see how much these kids have improved during the 4-week program. The goal for everyone is that by the end of the four weeks each and every child will be proficient enough to ride a chairlift up the mountain and ski or ride down a beginner trail in a controlled manner. The Snow Bowl instructors have been very professional working with our group. They have a great deal of knowledge and are able to pass that on to our skiers & riders.

On Friday, March 14, 2014 the Pittsford Recreation Department & the Brandon Recreation Department will be co-sponsoring our annual winter dance (formally known as the Valentine Teen Dance) at the VT Police Academy. In 2013 this event had to be rescheduled to March due to a winter storm that hit our area on February. As Recreation Director’s both Bill Moore and myself found March is a much more convenient time to have this event. Winter sports mainly basketball is still going on for both Recreation Departments and at Otter Valley High School in February. March is a much slower month for us and this why we decided to schedule this dance for March again.

The next Teen Dance is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014. Through the efforts of Brandon Recreation Director, Bill Moore the event will take place at THE BRANDON TOWN HALL. Be on the lookout for more details as the date gets closer. We’re excited to be able to offer this program in a different location. It will be set up with the same safety measures that we use now such as parents must be present to sign-in and sign out their kids, etc…We will need volunteer chaperones to help out that night too, please contact Bill or myself if you’re interested.

                        On Thursday, February 27, 2014 the Recreation Department and the “Pittsford Seniors” sponsored our monthly senior luncheon at the VT Police Academy.

            The monthly luncheons are meant to give local seniors a nutritious meal at an affordable price ($4.50 donation for people 60 and older & $6.00 for everyone else) so they can get out and socialize with neighbors and friends. The next luncheon is scheduled for March 27, 2014. On menu that day is Lasagna, garlic bread, and carrot cake for dessert. A fresh green salad bar is always available too. All foods are homemade, including the soup, bread, and desserts.

I’m happy to report that the “Safe Sitter” babysitter class has begun another year for the Recreation Department. This interactive program is for 11-13 year old students interested in becoming a “Safe Sitter” babysitter. Participants learn about child care essentials, injury prevention & management and how to care for choking kids.

The annual Pittsford Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014,
10 am – Noon at the Smith-Wheeler Pond.