Perspectives After School is a weekly enrichment program for elementary students at Vinalhaven School, offering a wide range of learning activities that are hands-on, creative and fun – while also being educational in the best sense of that word.
Perspectives serves two age groups – Grades Pre-K to 2 and Grades 3 to 5 – that have traditionally been underserved with afterschool options. The groups each meet one afternoon a week for 32 weeks during the school year.
In an era when students are spending less time doing and making, or playing outside in nature, than sitting passively in front of a screen, Perspectives offers a balance of experiential, place-based activities: nature and the environment, creating with the arts, healthy living and community service, technology and problem solving – are some of the broad categories encompassed in our programming. Students learn new skills, meet new people, explore their island, make connections and gain new perspectives. It’s a chance for them to get involved in a range of projects, explore interests, and discover affinities they might not even know they had. Above all, they have fun.
Sponsored through a partnership between Vinalhaven Land Trust (VLT) and Partners in Island Education (PIE), Perspectives is run by a team of dedicated educators who collaborate on designing the activities and bringing in volunteer community members to share their interests and expertise. The Vinalhaven School enthusiastically supports Perspectives After School, providing it with a home in the school, and contributing healthy snacks.
PIE and VLT are committed to seeing Perspectives After School thrive and grow—along with the children it serves—for a long time to come.
To see some of our wonderful pictures from this program, click here!
Last August, PIE partnered with The Vinalhaven School and local artists to offer 2 fun-filled, summer camps where 55 students participated in RobiticsSCamp and ArtSCamp – see below. We are thrilled to say that we will again be offering PIESCAMPs this summer along with 2 other exciting partnerships!
In RoboticSCamp, students completed the Drawing Warm-up and the Pokémon Go challenge!
In the Drawing Warm-up, they had the challenge of programming their robots to draw on a blue board. The robots had markers attached to them, so they programmed the various designs and movements.
In the Pokemon Go challenge, the students used a complicated line following program to catch “Pokemon” with their robot. Everyone had a blast and learned a ton about programming with Lego Robotics. Many thanks to teacher Emily Cohn and her fantastic assistant Kira Weinberg for making such a terrific program.
ArtSCamp is another of the many innovative programs we sponsor in collaboration with local artists. The goal is to foster a fun and educational environment for children to engage in the creative process using a variety of techniques and materials. The summer program offers a unique opportunity to approach “Art as Adventure”. All projects are designed to spark creativity, encourage curiosity and build confidence in our young artists.
We heard from both kids and parents that this was the best art camp ever! Two weeks of incredible art projects with master teaching artist Sarah Boyden and assistant Alex Terry which included a variety of art styles such as print making, decoupage and crayon resist. The turnout was great with many students attending both weeks. Looking forward to a repeat next summer!
Click here to see more photos from PIE SCamps!