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TryCAN “Family at the Movies” Returns to Summit

by: Sue Adler
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The TryCAN Collaboration will once again host its TryCAN Families at the Movies event on Monday, January 18. All current and former TryCAN children and their families are welcome to attend this free indoor movie event, featuring Chicken Little (G) on the big screen.

The 2016 event will take place at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available at the event.

Join in on the pre-movie dance party along with TryCAN teen Peer Mentors and adult volunteers who will also be on hand to chaperone the event. Movie-goers are also encouraged to bring pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags. Light refreshments will be served during the event.

Youth with special needs, their siblings and families are welcome to join the fun for the showing of the film indoors on the big screen. A quiet activities room will also be available for children needing it. Light refreshments will be served. Trained volunteer teen Peer Mentors will be on hand to help the kids have a great time.

The Movie and Dance Party will take place from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Ave. RSVP or questions at [email protected] Special thanks to the Summit PAL for their financial support for this event.

This event is offered as part of Summit’s 18th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, in keeping with day’s theme of volunteerism and service. The Summit PAL offers numerous programs throughout the year for the benefit of the youth of Summit to promote activities that foster lifelong health, community spirit and a feeling of goodwill and awareness between the children and police officers.

Youth with special needs or those who could use a little help and encouragement in participating in recreation are also welcome to register for several “TryCAN” programs that continue this winter. These popular and affordable programs, open to children from any town, help youth develop skills that allow them to pursue a sport or activity further or simply provide them with a meaningful recreation experience, using teen Peer Mentors from local middle and high schools to help participants learn and have fun.

Programs include: Study Skills Workshop (for middle schoolers) – Saturdays starting Feb. 6; Social Skills, using technology, for those ages 8-12 – Mondays starting Jan. 25; Teen Friendship Group – Mondays starting Jan. 25; Dance and Movement Group – Sundays starting Jan. 24; Mini Yoga Group – Sundays starting Jan. 24; Mask-Making Art Group – Thursdays starting Feb. 4; Let’s Pretend play and social group for those ages 3-5 – Saturdays starting Feb. 6; Play and Learn play and social group for those ages 6-7 – Saturdays starting Feb. 6.

All programs are held at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Ave. For a copy of the flyer, detailed progra

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