JEFFERSON YOUTH CENTER OPEN YEAR-ROUND FOR VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation department is excited to get back to (hopefully) normal, with its Kids Club program resuming this September at the former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, located at 250 Athens Blvd. The department successfully provided childcare to families who needed it during the summers of 2020 and 2021, but COVID cases and restrictions closed the youth center for much of the school year and attendance numbers were low due to the hybrid school format.
“We provide a safe place for children to come; they can get their homework done here or they can socialize with other kids their age, enjoying our facility and our planned activities, led by experienced staff,” said Nicole Ruberto, the Town’s Youth Bureau Director who oversees the program.
Jefferson features a gymnasium, auditorium, game room, lounge, computer lab, auditorium, playground, outdoor space, and several classrooms used for programming such as arts and crafts, enrichment activities like STEM projects, and more.
The department hopes to offer Start Smart Basketball and/or a Youth Basketball League, Kids Night Out, Parent & Me, Middle School Nights, and Family Fun Nights later this fall at the Jefferson Youth Center, as long as enrollment and staffing allows, as they have in the past.
Jefferson Kids Club is open 2:45-6:00pm on school days with daily and monthly membership options. YPR also offers a Vacation Club from 8:00am to 6:00pm on full days that school is closed, such as Veterans Day, Superintendent Conference Day, and February break. Vacation Club memberships are $40 per day or $30 per day for Kids Club members.
pdf Kids Club Flyer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021
Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
Open for limited programs
The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, located at 291 Ensminger Rd., has reopened for a limited number of programs. On Monday, February 22, 2021 Erie County and Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels will once again begin serving hot lunches at the Senior Center. Seniors must be signed up in advance to receive the meal so that the appropriate number of meals can be ordered. Lunch is served at noon in the cafetorium and the suggested donation is $3.00 per meal. Seniors are seated at either end of a 6’ banquet table with the tables spaced 10’ apart. Carl Szarek, Councilman and Chairman of the Youth Parks and Recreation Committee says “it’s so important to have seniors back at the Senior Center. This pandemic has been very difficult on everyone, including senior citizens. It will be so good for them to come back to the Senior Center to see their friends and enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch with them.” At this time, they are also offering a frozen meal program in conjunction with Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels. Seniors that are registered for this program drive through the Senior Center parking lot on Monday mornings at 11:00am and receive 5 nutritious frozen meals along with an additional bag that contains milk, bread & desserts to accompany the meals. The suggested donation for this program is $3.00 per meal ($15 per week). “This program had been a wonderful addition to the nutrition program at the Senior Center. It has allowed seniors to continue receiving nutritious meals while the center was closed due to Covid-19. They are currently planning on continuing the program even though the hot lunch program is also getting ready to start up again” says Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger. The menus for both the hot & frozen meals can be found on the Town of Tonawanda website under Senior Center.
The Senior Center has also opened up for some limited programs. They are offering exercise classes to its members on Mondays & Thursdays and preventing falls on Fridays. Members can call the Senior Center to sign up for these classes, but class size is limited. They have also restarted all of the classes that were interrupted due to closing down again in November. All individuals that were signed up have been notified. Town of Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mark D. Campanella Sr. says “we are excited to welcome seniors back to the Senior Center for their programs and classes. It is so important for the health & well-being of senior citizens to be active, out of their houses, and with their friends. The Senior Center is extremely careful about wellness checks as people enter the building, requiring seniors to be socially distant from each other, wearing masks, and they sanitize any areas that were used or touched.” A new block of classes will be offered beginning the week of March 15th. Dates and costs vary. The list of classes with dates & costs can be found on the Town of Tonawanda website under Senior Center/Bulletin flyers. Sign up for these classes is going on now until March 12, 2021. At this time, the Senior Center is not open to groups for cards, table tennis, pool, woodshop, or other programs that share equipment or do not allow seniors to be socially distant.
If you are interested in joining the Town of Tonawanda Senior Center & are a resident of the Town of Tonawanda, the cost is $17.00. If you are a nonresident, the cost is $25. Memberships are good for a year from the date you joined.
The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center is a part of the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department and is committed to providing quality programs and facilities to all of its members. If you would like more information about any of their programs, please call Tricia Pray or Sandy Preziuso at 874-3266.
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The Town of Tonawanda’s Youth Parks & Recreation Department looks forward to the possibility of your Business Becoming a Corporate Sponsor, Lets Work Together to Build Your Business and Our Programs! If you are interested in more information click on the link below.
No, you don’t, although residents will pay a reduced as compared to non-residents. Aquatic and Fitness Center
You must be 60 years old to join. Senior Citizen Center
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