On June 5, the All Stars Afterschool Enrichment Program at OLMC celebrated the 2017-18 afterschool program. The community gathered for an evening of student performances, project displays, and a family dinner. The event was enjoyed by all who attended.
Families, students, instructors, collaborators, and supporters all came to together for this event. Students helped prepare table displays and beautiful paper flower decorations, and Wegmans and Costco made a generous donation in gift cards for the food supplies. Student projects were on display and the evening kicked off with a performance by Lakehouse Music Academy’s All Stars Ukulele classes.
The delicious family dinner was prepared by OLMC culinary staff who graciously volunteered for the evening. Asbury Park Mayor, John Moor, was in attendance as well as Council Members Eileen Chapman and Yvonne Clayton.
In addition to students’ achievements, the June 5 event celebrated the collaborations that make the program possible. Devoted collaborators include Lakehouse Music Academy, which provides guitar and ukulele classes funded by the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Monmouth University’s Physical Activity Pilot Program is a favorite of 4th and 5th graders, and Interfaith Neighbors’ Kula Cafe and Urban Farm’s “Green Thumb” program teaches the students gardening and healthy cooking.
New collaborators, including Jody Joseph’s Heartstrings Foundation, engaged students in keyboard and chorus this spring, while Project U.S.E. worked with “Garden Squad” students to build a permanent school garden at OLMC.
“Through supporters and collaborations, the students are able to take on new challenges, discover their talents, and experience things outside of their original realm of possibilities,” said Melissa Halk, All Stars Afterschool Program Manager. “We hope to garner the additional financial support this summer that is needed to continue in September. This seven-year program has touched so many lives in our community.”