By Sarah Funk, Guest Columnist
As the community education program coordinator for Royalton Public Schools, my goal is to meet the educational needs of the district by providing classes and activities for a wide range of ages and interests.
The Royalton Community Education office is in the Royalton Elementary School. I invite you to visit www.royalton.k12.mn.us and choose the Community Ed page. You will find links for school-age child care, early childhood and enrichment classes.
But the best way to find out what is happening through the Community Education office is by reading our insert in the Royal Review, the district’s quarterly newsletter. If you don’t receive this, call (320) 584-4240 to get on the mailing list.
As part of our effort to serve the needs of our community, the Royalton Community Education office oversees programs including Little Royals (the district’s preschool program), Early Childhood Family Education in partnership with Mid State Education Co-op and the School Age Child Care program (MAP).
MAP offers morning and afternoon care as well as full-time summer care for students in the district from kindergarten through grade 5.
Exciting changes are expected in the next year with the addition of a 3-year-old preschool program, which will meet two times per week in an integrated setting with the Early Childhood Special Education classes.
The Royalton School Board continues to look at the possibility of providing transportation for preschoolers to arrive and depart from their classes. Mid-day transportation is the responsibility of parents, but if we can find room in our budget, we hope to add this for the 2015-16 school year.
Enrichment classes for youths and adults are offered and these vary by the season and availability of space.
Many of the youth programs offered through Royalton Community Education are done in partnership with the coaches in order to offer healthy opportunities while building skills youths may use later in competitive sports at the middle school and high school levels.
I also try to ensure enrichment classes are offered in a variety of areas. For example, Joan Novak, a certified piano teacher, offers lessons five days a week, while karate, yoga and dodge ball provide non-competitive exercise. Cooking, science, and art classes are offered through a variety of sources including our own in-house teachers and by contracting with outside private agencies.
I am always looking for adults in our communities who can share their talents and hobbies with our youths. I would be happy to help fine tune ideas into a class presentation and, in turn, people can help enrich the lives of their neighbors and community.
Sarah Funk is the community education program coordinator, Royalton Public School. She can be reached at [email protected] or at (320) 584-4253.