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WYC Remote Programming
Our After School Program staff has created the following programs for you and your family to enjoy. Click on any item to begin!
- Guitar lessons with Max
- Exercising with Coach Rob
- Helen’s Story Starters
- Fact and Quiz Pages
- Puzzles and Games
- Let’s Draw with Ruth
- Mike’s Family Writing Prompts
Check out our YouTube channel here and watch for us on Willinet.
Virtual Art Room: June 29-July 3
Next week our focus is all things drawing. Each day starts with exercises from “1-2-3 Draw” books by Freddie Levin. These exercises focus on using circles, ovals, and egg shapes to lay out the composition, followed by steps for filling in details. Beth will also teach how to use stick figures to lay out human positions and challenge more advanced “pencil pushers” to add shadows and texture.
For kids who are reluctant, Beth recommends starting on Wednesday. If you hear the phrase “I can’t draw,” remind the speaker that at one time they couldn’t walk or talk either, and that walking and talking are more difficult to learn than drawing.
Each day, kids will need a stack of plan white paper, some sharpened pencils, and a good eraser. Join Beth each day at 2pm on Zoom. RSVP here.
Monday: Wild Animals (all levels)
Tuesday: People (all levels)
Wednesday: Pets and Farm Animals (easier)
Thursday: Ocean Life (all levels)
Friday: Knights, Castles, and Dragons (challenging)
Williamstown Elementary School
WES’s Instagram posts a new activity every day.
The Clark Art Institute
Browse the museum’s selection of Clark collection-based games and activities for all ages! New activities will be added each week. Find activities here.
Skype a Scientist
This program gives people the opportunity to get to meet a scientist. There are over 30 type of scientists to choose from. Scientists are ready to chat with families stuck at home and are also doing live sessions weekly. Learn more here.
Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm, where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity kids can do from home. All videos will also be posted to their YouTube channel. Find all their at-home animal activities here.
The Trustees at Home
The Trustees has compiled a list of their at-home live streaming events, story telling, tips for starting home gardens, cooking activities, coloring pages, and more. Find their resources here.
The Academy of Natural Sciences
A collection of science-from-home activities include build your own bird feeder, make your own binoculars, and a homemade rock candy recipe, as well as coloring sheets and videos exploring the world of bugs. Find it all here.
Hiking and walking trails
Destination Williamstown compiled a great list of local hikes here.
Berkshire Natural Resources Council has made the decision to keep the majority of their trails open to the public. You can find information about their trails here. BNRC urges you to follow these common-sense guidelines for all your outdoor visits:
- Stay local and avoid high-traffic destinations.
- If you are over 70 or medically vulnerable, stay home. If you are not feeling well, stay home.
- Avoid crowds; conduct your outings solo or with other members of your household.
- Be ready to step aside or move quickly through areas where people congregate such as parking lots and trailheads. If you arrive at a location and there are more than a handful of cars in the parking lot, please come back another time.
- Please be safe: maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. Be prepared to step aside, and let people know you are near if they can’t see you.
These north county restaurants are open for delivery/take-out.
Berkshire County Resources
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is a central resource for many types of aid: http://www.nbccoalition.org/assets/march-2018-crg-web.pdf.
North Adams has created and is implementing an Emergency Operations Command (EOC) Center during this time. The purpose of this Center is to coordinate efforts, resources, and information within the region. This Center will also be a place that will keep a running list of people interested in volunteering or in need of volunteers. As individuals become aware of resources, needs, and individuals who would like to volunteer, people are asked to call the Command Center at 413-662-3614 or email at email@example.com to share information.
Food Access and Distribution
Mount Greylock Regional School District will be offering access to grab-and-go lunches to anyone who needs that assistance (not just students) – they have food & prep capacity. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday meals will be available for pick-up at the Lanesborough Elementary School and Williamstown Elementary School main entrances between 9:30 and 10:30 each day. In an attempt to assist the district in planning, you are asked to:
- Call or email the food service department the day before: (413) 458-9582 x1195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leave a message that includes the number of lunches you need and which school will be your pick-up location: Lanesborough Elementary School or Williamstown Elementary School.
- Please identify the student name(s) for whom you are picking up meals.
- In order to assist us in advance planning, please indicate whether you will be accessing this meal service over the remaining days (currently only scheduled up to April 6th).
Adams Hometown Market has implemented specific hours for people in the vulnerable population to shop for food and needs during this time. Heart of the Community 7am-8am for First Responders, Immunocompromised, and Elderly.
Wild Oats has reserved the 9-10am hour exclusively for senior shoppers. Anyone under the age of 60 is asked to please wait to shop with us until after 10am. The store will open at 9am and close at 8pm every day of the week until further notice. This change will provide the staff with additional time and social distance to restock our shelves and sanitize the store for our most-at-risk shoppers coming in during that first hour. Weekday Curbside Pickup option will continue to be available to anyone interested in using it to shop for food and supplies without entering the store.
Stop and Shop opens earlier in order to service customers who are aged 60 and older, from 6 to 7:30am daily. To assist in the facilitation of this process, the Williamstown COA van will bring people to the North Adams Stop and Shop on Tuesday and Thursday weekly starting March 24. Contact the Harper Center at 458-8250 at least before 2pm on the preceding Monday and Wednesday to advise us of your interest.
|Berkshire Worms: Offering a home delivery service. Place orders here. |
Mountain Girl Farm: Offering a home delivery service. Contact them to order: email email@example.com or call 413.663.9761. Accepts SNAP and HIP!
Square Roots Farm: Offering a home delivery service. Place orders here. Accepts SNAP!
Windy Ridge Farm: Offering a home delivery service. Place orders here. Accepts SNAP and HIP!
For anyone facing hunger, Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline can connect you to food resources in our community. Call: 1-800-645-8333.
Meals on Wheels is still running
The Western Mass Food Bank has cancelled their mobile food pantry including the Dalton CRA.
Food Access and Distribution Reminders
North Adams Public Schools is participating in the Emergency Feeding Summer Food Service Program. Grab and Go style meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows.
Brayton Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00
Colegrove Park Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00
Mohawk Forest Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch, 11:00-12:00
Greylock Valley Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00
Adams Cheshire Elementary School will operate breakfast and lunch program starting Monday, March 16, at Hoosac Valley Elementary School. While they are closed, students can pick up a Grab and Go breakfast and lunch package between 9:00-11:00am Monday through Friday in the cafeteria. Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up. This will be available for free for all children 18 and under.
Al Nelson Friendship Center in North Adams and the Williamstown Food Pantry have opted to modify their routines to continue to remain open. Click here to read more.
Pope John Paul Charity Center food pantry in Adams announced it will be closed until further notice.
Berkshire Food Project: The Berkshire Food Project will remain open this week – but ONLY ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY, during its typical lunch hour, 12-1pm. They will have two meals prepared each of these days, so you will still be able to access a meal for Tuesday and Thursday, just the day BEFORE. Meals will be picked up for to go only – from the Breezeway. There will be no entering the building.
Community Bible Church of Williamstown: If there are emergency food needs call the church office at 458-5556 or Phyllis Babcock at 413-663-6094.
Free Saturday Lunches at First Baptist Church, North Adams will resume as take out only on Saturday, March 28, 11:00am-12:30pm.
Salvation Army Food Pantry, Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm. Please meet at front door to receive food.
Harper Center will continue to provide life support transportation options with the van-medical trips and food shopping fall into this category.