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FREE Family Fun Night at PCC

Join us for Active Family Time & Dinner
Friday January 29, 2016

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Catch Kids Club Family Fun Activities and Games
 in the Gym

6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Family Style Dinner will include
Pasta & Salad Fruit& yogurt

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes
  • REQUIRED - sign up in classroom
  • Sponsored by the Rolfe and Rumford Donor Advised Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR LOTS OF INTERACTIVE FAMILY FUN!

WALKING SCHOOL BUS

Walking School Bus

PCC has partnered with the “Merrimack Valley School District Safe Routes to School” organization and has created a “WALKING SCHOOL BUS” from PCC to Penacook Elementary School!  The children, staff, and seniors enjoy the brisk early morning walks and “can’t wait to do it again and again” ~ Great Exercise and Great Fun!
Fun!




Our “Walking School Bus” is a HUGE hit with children, adults and seniors too!
Seniors Assisting




PCC Seniors put on their sneakers and join our early morning “Walking School Bus” from PCC to PES!

PCC is honored to be the recipient of the Capital Area Wellness Coalition’s
 2014 “COMMUNITY WELLNESS EFFORT” Award!

“The Penacook Community Center is making a difference through the work they do by creating a culture of health and wellness in the community” said Beth Gustafson Wheeler (Director of Community Health at the Foundation for Healthy Communities) in her recent nomination letter to the Capital Area Wellness Coalition.  She further states that “PCC is truly an example of an organization that has embraced healthy eating and physical activity as a “way of life” and has made healthy environments “the norm” in their organization”. 

PCC is proud to be part of the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative and have pledged to continue to be a champion for building healthy habits in children at a very young age.  PCC has grown from a simple concept of a school garden to a community powerhouse that provides healthy food to their students and their families, local childcare centers and their families, seniors, and other families in need. Last year their Jump and Sprout Collaborative Community Garden produced and shared over 1,300 lbs of fresh produce…now that is impact!

PCC threads the CATCH Kids Club healthy eating and physical activity concepts, activities, and philosophy throughout all of their classrooms, including the pre-school, Kindergarten, before/after school care, and their summer camp, changing policies and environments to support healthy behaviors quite literally “everywhere you turn”.   They also incorporate CATCH KC into their Free Family Fun Nights, intergenerational activities, and community minded events.

Physical activity is a critical part of the overall culture at PCC. They offer a FREE “Footsteps for Fitness” walking program for all ages.  They participate in WALK NH with an intergenerational team of walkers from Merrimack Valley Middle School & PCC’s childcare and senior programs. Most recently, PCC amplified their physical activity opportunities as they partnered with the “Merrimack Valley School District Safe Routes to School” organization and created a “WALKING SCHOOL BUS” from PCC to Penacook Elementary School!   Kindergarten and school age students, along with PCC staff and seniors thoroughly enjoy an invigorating walk to start their day!

As the Penacook Community Center marches into their 60th year as a “Cornerstone of Our Community” they continue to be a true community partner in every sense of the word and a strong collaborator that promotes and supports a healthy community of all ages! 


Making A difference ~ Intergenerational programming with impact

The Penacook Community Center is collaborating with the Friends Youth Mentoring Program to serve as a valued site for approved Mentors and Mentees to meet. The two agencies have been improving the quality of life for this region’s children and families for decades. Both agencies’s standardly serve Andover, Boscawen, Concord, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, and Webster residents. This exciting undertaking will support the volunteer investment of 12 of the Center’s own Senior Program Members as they volunteer to Mentor 12 of the Center’s Youth Program Members. Mentors and Mentees will be part of a Site-based Plus Project; encouraging being part of 1:1 match meetings and group activities at the Center, as well as having access to many Friends Program run and sponsored activities and learning opportunities off site.

In the first year of this collaborative project we will welcome 12 new Mentor/Mentee matches. All of the Youth Mentoring services are free of charge for children and families. Mentors are screened, trained, and supervised by the Friends Program staff and the vast majority of Mentor/Mentee visits and activities will take place at the Penacook Community Center.

The Youth Mentoring Program is an impactful program that infuses strength into the lives of children, many of whom would thrive on some additional 1:1 time in their lives. Both generations learn so much from each other and truly do benefit from the time spent together.

If you are a parent with a child between the ages of 6 and 18 and you think they could benefit from having a Site-based Plus Mentor or if you are a member of the Senior Program and are interested in mentoring a child, please contact: Terri A. Smith, M.Ed., Youth Mentoring Coordinator for the Friends Program at (603) 228-1193, ext. 217 or Kristen Pinard-Kenney, Intergenerational Outreach Coordinator for the Penacook Community Center at (603) 753-9700 ext. 102.

You can also learn more about the Friends Youth Mentoring Program at www.friendsprogram.org.


CLiF’s Summer Readers program came to the Penacook Community Center’s childcare programs and summer camp program as part of a kick-off event for the CLiF Summer Readers Program. All of PCC’s childcare and summer camp children had the opportunity to attend a special literacy and storytelling presentation by CLiF’s executive director Duncan McDougall. They learned about the power of words and about the endless joys reading can bring and how it can open up a whole new world. They talked about using their imaginations to create magnificent stories of their very own!

At the end of the presentation, each child was able to select two new books to bring home from a wide-ranging collection of several hundred books provided by CLiF. All of the children were anxious to dive into the book selections they had made. Such wonderful gifts for so many children that will undoubtedly help to nurture a love of reading ~ THANK YOU "CLiF"!

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