GYO Summer Program Success
Gateway Youth Outreach, Inc., once again administered its summer program this year at the Gotham Avenue School in Elmont. 250 children between the ages of 6 and 12 enjoyed organized recreational programs, board games, videogames, karaoke, arts & crafts, movies, and so many more activities. The program ran from 9:00am until 5:30pm from July 5th through July 28th from Monday through Thursday. The days and hours allow parents the comfort of knowing their child is being well supervised and cared for while they attend to work and other obligations. The reviews of the program were enthusiastic from both parents and participants alike. A big thank you goes out to the Elmont Union Free School Board and all the custodial staff, security, administrators, and others from the district who make the schools available, clean and well managed. Special thanks to Superintendent of Schools, Al Harper, who recognizes the value of such a program to the community.
There were some terrific “special days” for the children as well. They included such activities as Christmas in July with a visit from Summertime Santa and a gift for every child. There was a luau party, scavenger hunts, picnics, crazy hair day, superhero day, soccer tournaments and clinics taught by volunteer, Sterling Rosado, a carnival, and many more activities all topped off by the Annual GYO Summer Talent Show. Children and parents alike enjoyed the many activities designed for fun, but also were appreciative of the services that were practical for their children. Dr. Steven Boral, checked children’s teeth and made recommendations to parents as to treatment, showed proper brushing techniques, talked about what foods were good and bad for your teeth, provided every student with a goodie bag and much more. A big GYO thank you goes to Dr. Boral and his staff for providing such a valuable service.
Ridgewood Savings Bank also provided Financial Literacy for the youngsters. Sabrina Urso and her staff at Ridgewood were able to secure the “Ridgewood Mobile Branch” to come to program and get a firsthand look at the services provided by the bank. The students were also encouraged to save their money, establish credit, and keep their saved money in a safe place, like Ridgewood.
The folks from Health First, a subsidiary of the Elmont Health Center, also came by to show parents how to apply for free or sliding scale medical benefits for their children.
We can’t forget the presentation made by the officers of the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) unit of the 5th Precinct, Officers Rita Bopp and Steve Lincoln answering young peoples’ questions about what officers do in the community, how police officers are here to protect you and what to do if approached by a police officer. With all the situations that are happening around the country, the police department thought this might be a good time to address these issues and concerns.
All in all, it was a great month of July at GYO. The program was safe and we feel that it provided a great service to the almost 250 youngsters who participated and their parents.
GYO also looks forward to serving the community’s After School needs. To that end, registration will take place for the 2016-2017 school year on Saturday, September 10th at 9:00am at the Dutch Broadway School. This registration at Dutch Broadway will also register those who will attend Clara H. Carlson, Covert Avenue, and Gotham Avenue Schools as well. We hope to see you then.