Henton: Fun, brought to you by NBAPS Community Education

You might think things are quiet over the summer at your school district, but there are many things happening in Community Education.

Over the summer students in the Youth Connections program are traveling the world and exploring foreign countries, without ever leaving the Twin Cities! Two weeks ago they were in “France” and baked French pastries with Taher chef Sharon Thompson. Last week they were in “Tanzania” exploring Mt. Kilimanjaro at Vertical Endeavors Rock Climbing Wall in St. Paul. Youth Connections students will spend this week in “America” celebrating Independence Day.

Deb Henton
Deb Henton

If you are looking for fun for the entire family, Concerts in the Park will begin July 11 when Good Timin,’ a classic rock and country band, performs at Central Park. Before each show a community member will read a children’s book and copies will be given out while supplies last.

Youth sport camps are in full swing and will be running almost every week this summer until August. In July there is wrestling, football, volleyball, and skateboarding camps.

Babysitting class is full for the first time ever with 17 students learning the finer points of taking care of younger children. Students learn safety, security, CPR, and basic first aid.

Annual Wonderful Wednesday field trips will begin in July.  This summer students will be going to the Waterpark of America, Zero Gravity, a Lynx game and a Twins game.

I had to Google Zero Gravity to see what it was. All those trampolines look like fun!

I hope your summer is going well and is filled with wonderful things to do. However, if you are looking for some fun and don’t know where to begin, call Community Education at (651) 674-1025.

— Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools

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