Education Room

The Education Room is connected to our Technology Center, creating a link between educational enrichment and the use of technology. The Education Room boasts A SMART Board (interactive technology white board), a library, and a variety of games and supplies.
Programs offered include:
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count helps all Club members be more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Small group and individual tutoring is available to all members. Staff work with parents whose children need extra help in school by creating after school learning plans.
Immersion Learning: Immersion Learning helps youth understand the positive roles science and technology play in their everyday lives by engaging them in hands-on, multi-media inquiry-based activities; in turn helping youth succeed in science, math and technology. Visit Immersion Learning's official website for more information.
Project Learn: Project Learn reinforces the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This program strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun but academically beneficial activities. Club staff use all areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help and tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop children's cognitive skills.
Kiwanis K-Kids: K-Kids is designed to teach good citizenship to elementary school aged Club members. Members work on service projects, develop leadership skills, and learn the importance of participating in the community. 
Torch Club: The Torch Club is a small-group leadership service club for boys and girls 11-13 years old. Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. The photos to the right are from a canned food drive our Torch Club held at our 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner.
SMART Moves: The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

Jr. SMART Girls: Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.

Jr. Passport to Manhood: Promotes and teaches responsibility in middle school aged, Club boys through interactive, small-group sessions and activities that focus on service to the community, sound decision making and healthy lifestyles. 

SMART Moves, Jr. SMART Girls and Jr. Passport to Manhood are partially funded by the United Way of Pioneer Valley. This funding opportunity has allowed us to offer these programs, which were originally only for high school members, to middle school aged members as well.  Visit the Club's Teen Center to learn about Educational Programs for this age group.

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