MILITARY BRINGS MUSIC TO AFTER SCHOOL KIDS
On Friday, April 29th, children and staff from Family Network’s After School Activity Program (ASAP) excitedly awaited the arrival of the “Brass Ambassadors”, the Great Lakes Navy Band’s brass quintet. The musicians arrived and immediately began serenading the group of 60 kindergarteners through fifth graders with the “William Tell Overture”.
The ASAP children were delighted with the change in their usual after-school routine, which certainly would have involved homework. Instead, the band treated them to a selection of familiar, upbeat tunes like “Popeye, the Sailor Man”, “Rubber Duckie”, and the “SpongeBob SquarePants Song”. The finale, “The Chicken Dance”, gave the kids an opportunity to get on their feet and dance along.
Each musician took the time to educate the group about his instrument, using humor and demonstrating their instrument to impart information in a way that was fun for the children. Not surprisingly, the tuba was their favorite, with trumpet, trombone, and French horn close behind.
The concert was one of numerous community collaborations in which ASAP participates. ASAP was formed in 2004 following a survey that indicated a need for after school care for Highland Park/Highwood children of working parents. Family Network and North Shore School District 112 formed a partnership that resulted in the After School Activity Program. Now in its seventh year, ASAP is run by Family Network, but takes place at Oak Terrace and Indian Trail Schools, while drawing from Wayne Thomas, Ravinia, and Lincoln Schools with bus transport provided.
ASAP creates a home-like, supportive environment, filled with enrichment activities, homework help, and opportunities for socialization. Open daily during the school year from 3:17 pm to 6:00 pm, ASAP enables parents to finish out their work days with the confidence that their children are happy and well-cared for. Often, the ASAP kids are having so much fun that it’s a struggle to get them to leave when parents come to pick them up at 6 pm! Days off of school are covered by providing 8 am to 6 pm programming.
The “Brass Ambassadors” and the children celebrated the end of the afternoon by sharing a huge red, white, and blue cake to thank the quintet for the wonderful entertainment and for their service.
Registration is open for Family Network’s ASAP for the 2011-2012 school year. For further information call Bobbie Hinden, ASAP Director, at 847-433-0377.
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