Heavy morning traffic, fleets of yellow school buses and cute kids loaded down with heavy backpacks can only mean one thing…its back-to- school time! Now that summer is rapidly coming to a close and students have returned to school, the registration period for the STARS Afterschool Enrichment Program is now officially open.
STARS (Social, Therapeutic, Academic and Recreational Services) is an educational, recreational and social skills program for youth ages 5-22 years old who are blind or visually impaired. Each school year between the months of September and March the STARS program facilitates an afterschool program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Afterschool participants take classes targeting key components of the Expanded Core Curriculum, which is a body of knowledge and skills that students with visual impairments must master to be successful in school. STARS afterschool classes include Activities of Daily Living (kitchen safety and food preparation, self-care and hygiene), Social Skills, Fitness/Nutrition, Computers and Adaptive Technology, Music, Art and much more.
For the 2012-2013 school year, the STARS Afterschool Enrichment Program will begin on Tuesday, September 18th. As always, the STARS program staff has planned an exciting year for participants. Not only will students be able to attend a fun and enriched afterschool program, but they will also have plenty of opportunities to make new friends and build their social skills during the many weekend parties, field trips and social outings that STARS has planned. So, now let’s get ready to go back to school!
Teri Quinn, STARS and Volunteer Services Director
For more information regarding STARS afterschool registration, or to obtain a 2012-2013 STARS application, you have two options:
1. You may visit the STARS Program office at 739 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA, 30308.
2. You may request an application via email or US postal mail by contacting Teri Quinn, STARS Director, at (404) 602-4371.