If you’ve been following our social media posts lately (on Facebook and Twitter, in particular), you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been talking up Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving when you’re encouraged to donate to nonprofits or others that are working to make a positive difference in the world. Yes, it’s true, AYS is a nonprofit! That’s still surprising to some, but we do … [Read more...] about #GivingTuesday and Lights On Wrap-Up
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Denise Smeltzer
Who: Denise Smeltzer, program director at Pittsboro Elementary When: 18 years (16 years as program director) Favorite color: Blue, because it’s a calming color Favorite season: Spring, because it’s new every year Favorite ice cream: Kroger brand Death by Chocolate Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Seeing the kids grow and change; seeing … [Read more...] about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Denise Smeltzer
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Donniece Harris
Who: Donniece Harris, program director at Promise Road Elementary When: 1 year in August Favorite color: My favorite color has always been purple. I feel like it is the most vibrant color of the rainbow! Favorite season: Spring—I love the spring weather. My birthday is also in the spring. So, that’s another reason why it’s my favorite. Favorite ice cream: Any and every flavor of … [Read more...] about Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Donniece Harris
Camps Spring Up Over Break
Center for Inquiry School 84 & Sidener Academy Over spring break, our IPS camps at Center for Inquiry School 84 and Sidener Academy took advantage of a couple days of nice weather. Students spent most their time outside on the playground. A group of girls at CFI developed their own dance team, showing the directors a couple moves. They took a brief break for science experiment—mixing acetone … [Read more...] about Camps Spring Up Over Break
Let’s Get Fit!
As January comes to an end, I’m sure most people are tired of hearing about health and fitness. As everyone knows the New Year brings new resolutions, most of which involve getting healthier. This doesn’t have to be…. Here at Phalen Leadership Academy (PLA) AYS, the students and I are embarking on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. Each week we choose healthier snacks over processed, high-calorie … [Read more...] about Let’s Get Fit!