Arts and Enrichment After School Program

Lauri Ann West Community Center’s Arts & Enrichment Program is offered at the Community Center each day after school, following the FCASD calendar. It is a two hour program for Kindergarten through 6th grade students. The program is a unique combination of a relaxed atmosphere and enriching activities that are sure to inspire and complement individual interests.

Program Activities: The A&E program strives to present art activities, group projects and play that stimulate creativity and wonder while promoting a broader awareness and engagement with the world.

This active, hands-on approach to learning promotes self-confidence and exploration while it provides children the opportunity to pursue their own unique, expressive solutions.

Activities include: Art lessons and activities exploring a specific artist, musician, culture or historical period; cooking/baking; gardening; science experiments; acting and performance; puppet making; exercise and outdoor play. Some time is also allotted each day for exploration of individual interests, such as reading, building with various materials, games, and creative, imaginative play. New in 2016-2017: Maker Studio, modeled after The Children’s Museum’s Makeshop; and gym/sports time.

Lead Instructor Wade Kramm started teaching summer camps at Lauri Ann West/Boyd Community Center in 2007 and has been the lead teacher in the Arts and Enrichment program for the past four years. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, Wade has worked as an educator and a professional artist. As a teacher, Wade strives to present activities that engage, stimulate and encourage children to explore and think creatively. He exhibits his work nationally and abroad, including shows in Berlin, Uruguay, Italy, and a permanent installation at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Wade is knowledgeable about a wide variety of subjects including: Sculpture, early film and animation devices, gears and mechanisms, pop-up books, shadow puppets and architecture. Examples of his art can be seen here:  www.wadekramm.net

All Arts & Enrichment instructors and Lauri Ann West Community Center staff members have current Pennsylvania State Criminal History and Child Abuse clearances, as well as FBI background checks.

Ratio and Social Interaction: There are three teachers for the program and enrollment is limited to 42 children, allowing for a low student-to-teacher ratio that emphasizes respectful social interaction. Children are encouraged to foster a healthy, inclusive group dynamic and develop friendships.

Snacks: Please send a nutritious snack for your child! Snack will be eaten when all of the children arrive, as sharing food together is an important part of socialization.

Arrival and Departure: Children are welcomed as they arrive by bus from Fox Chapel Area Schools: Dorseyville, Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr and O’Hara. Parents pick up and sign out children inside the room, by 6:00 PM each day.

Transportation: Boyd provides bus transportation from Dorseyville, Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr and O’Hara. All children who register for the program will automatically be registered for the bus. If you do not wish bus transportation, you must email and request to completely opt out of the service.

Program Fees: Parents may choose from one to five consistent days of the week for the entire fall or spring session. Fees are based on the number of consistent days.

Members receive a 20% discount. Prices are subject to change.

Registration for Full or Half Day Early Dismissals.

Registration: To register call 412-828-8566 x103 or email Cindy at cschade@lauriannwestcc.org.

Please click here to download the 2016/2017 Parent Handbook.