Posted on Jun. 20 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications DirectorMarion Community Schools is excited to announce a new after-school program starting in the 2016-17 school year for MCS fourth-graders: the Giant Discovery Zone!
The Giant Discovery Zone will bring together the best coaches, organizations, and businesses in the city to help our students explore new activities and discover what they enjoy, and where they can excel. Fourth-graders enrolled in the Giant Discovery Zone will be introduced to 32 different activities throughout the year, along with time to work on homework and help from tutors when needed.
The Giant Discovery Zone is built on the foundation of the Grant County Family YMCA's Live Y-ers child care. Thanks to many contributors, including the Moorehead Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion Community Schools, and the state of Indiana, along with a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association, MCS fourth-graders will have the expert child care offered by the YMCA program, along with tutoring and mentoring, as well as a wide array of activities to explore throughout the year, with professional coaches and artists leading the way.
Activities will include athletics, led by MCS coaches, as well as Marion PAL Club Judo, Tiger Tai Kwon Do, Wellness Center gymnastics, and more; leadership, responsibility, and physical fitness, led by the YMCA, MHS JROTC, Marion Boys and Girls Club, Marion Police Department, and more; and the arts, led by Playhouse Studio of Dance, Signature Dance, Marion Community School of the Arts, the chorale and theater from Indiana Wesleyan University, and more. The Giant Discovery Zone will be housed at Kendall Elementary School, with some activities spreading out to the Kendall / Justice Intermediate School campus. Homework and study will be the focus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., then from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be activity time.
Our vision is to give our students the chance to explore many different activities, and that they find one (or more!) that they fall in love with. Then, our fantastic coaches and community partners can help guide them to even greater engagement, so that students can use their talents and build valuable skills (not to mention learn responsibility, discipline, confidence, leadership skills and more). We hope this will not only help to build our local teams and organizations, but also empower our students, expand their horizons, and broaden their options for life after high school.
There is a cost for participation in Live Y-ers; fees and more information are available at the Grant County YMCA, or in the Live Y-ers handbook on their child care webpage. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and aid applications will be available at the YMCA during the registration period. See below for more information on the registration process.
How can my fourth-grader get involved?Registration for the Giant Discovery Zone will begin Monday, June 27, at the Grant County Family YMCA. Enrollment in the Giant Discovery Zone is limited to 200 students, and enrollment is first-come, first-served — so fill out the registration form and collect the needed information now so you're ready to sign up! (Note: On Aug. 22, if there is space still available, enrollment will expand to MCS third-graders.)
Here's what you need to do:
- Click here to visit the YMCA's child care webpage. Once you're there, you'll see "Click HERE for registration form". Click that link to open up the Live Y-ers registration packet.
- Fill out the registration form and collect all needed documents/information (listed in the registration packet on the YMCA website above).
- Return all registration forms and information, along with the $25 registration fee, on Monday, June 27, or as soon as possible after that. Remember, space is limited, so get your registration in quickly! You'll need to personally deliver the registration form, information, and registration fee to the YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. Staffers will review information with you to make sure you have provided everything they need.