Posted on July 25, 2017
PLANS FOR THE AURORA LEARNING CENTER
The Board of Directors of Aurora School is making plans to transform the building and materials into a new, community-based Aurora Learning Center.
We hope to provide three prongs of services to Addison County families: an after-school program Monday-Friday open to all; a continuation of our popular summer and school vacation day camps; and a new community resource center, open to Addison County home schooling families and other who are seeking educational services and resources. Each prong would offer its own unique benefits to children in Addison County.
Aurora After School
The Aurora After School program would be an appealing option for those families looking for a small, enriching after school choice for their children. Homework help and supervised outdoor play would be part of the offerings. In addition, each day there would be a guided activity offered by educators and talented community members which would suit a wide range of interests. Activities will include chess club, nature-based explorations, STEM activities such as a Makers’ Workshop, book clubs, and more. The Aurora After School program is biking distance from Mary Hogan, and on the ACTR line. Children could be registered full-time, or on a per day basis.
Aurora’s vacation and summer programs have been popular and well-regarded for years. Each week’s camp is based on a theme. Popular themes have included Creative Cookery, Water Week, Magic, “Pay it Forward” (community service), Back in Time, and Performing Arts. Camps are small, usually 16 campers per week, giving a great sense of community and excellent supervision as well. Camps balance the time between hands-on activities at the Aurora building and field trips that suit the theme. Many Middlebury families have found Camp Aurora to be a fun, rewarding, and enriching experience for their children, and return week after week and year after year.
Aurora Learning Resource Center
This new prong of Aurora’s program is designed to benefit home schooling families, as well as students and adults who are looking for intellectually and personally enriching programs.
Three days per week, the building and materials of the Aurora Learning Center would be available for guided activities, such as foreign language study (especially Latin), courses for home schoolers, chess, or parenting forums. In addition, the building and curriculum materials would be available for use. The 3,000 square foot building would make an ideal meeting place for drama or music groups, book discussions, science or art collaborations, or social get-togethers.
Comprehensive, hands-on unit plans and resources for thematic learning across all content areas would also be available. We have reference books, youth fiction with discussion guides, arts and crafts supplies, educational games and puzzles, math manipulatives, musical instruments, lab science tools including microscopes, and so much more.
The Aurora Learning Center would be a new kind of community resource. Families could opt to send their children to after school programs and camps. They could also become members, as at a fitness center, which would make the space and materials available to them. Hopefully many Addison County families will take part in this new venture, as they seek enriching, safe, creative options for their children.