ENCORE After-School Programming
Columbia Heights Public Schools and the Columbia Heights Recreation Department are offering free ENCORE after-school program for students in grades 4 through 12. ENCORE offers extended learning opportunities focused on technology, arts, environmental studies, health/fitness and academic support. ENCORE is available weekends, before school, after school and through the summer months at each of the District's five schools.
ENCORE is designed to provide engaging, hands-on, 21st century offerings. Students will create their own computer programs through coding, learn water safety and survival, solve complex engineering problems, increase confidence and skills through theatre and dance, express themselves artistically by creating pottery and gain an academic boost. All of the offerings are designed to provide students with the skills they will use to be successful in college and careers.
Examples of ENCORE offerings include:
- Before School Fitness class
- Blooming Heights Garden to Table Cooking class
- Computer Explorers Coding class
- ENCORE Programming
- Northern Clay Center Pottery class
- Spark-Y aquaponics engineering class and Summer Camp
- Strength Training class
- Water Safety Instruction class, Grades 4-8 school year and Grades 6-12 during summer
ENCORE is funded from a Minnesota Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The Grant is funded at $250,000 a year with a minimum of three and up to five years. Columbia Heights Public Schools and the Columbia Heights Recreation Department are also partnering with Computer Explorers, Spark-Y, Northern Clay Center and the St. Paul Conservatory.
To register for an ENCORE class, visit your school's main office. For additional information, call:
- Columbia Heights Public Schools Director of Community Education Kristen Stuenkel at 763-528-4515 or StuenkeK@colheights.k12.mn.us
- City of Columbia Heights Recreation Director Keith Windschitl at 763-706-3732 or KWindschitl@columbiaheightsmn.gov
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