Curl Up with a Good Book
Teaching children to watch less TV and play less video games is addressed with our literacy program, “Curl Up with a Good Book.” Lead by a story teller, the League travels to county schools for an evening of reading.
Volunteers read to elementary school children, stopping between books to talk about the importance of reading and being read to. At the end of the readings, the children are served healthy snacks and are invited to choose a book of their own to curl up with. They all go home with a free book purchased with funds raised by the Junior League of Berkshire County. The events have been popular and the schools are thrilled to be chosen for the activity. In 2013, JLBC will have had Curl Ups at all of the elementary schools in Pittsfield.
Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen is a project endorsed by AJLI & introduces children & parents to healthy food options by teaching them about nutrition & allowing for “hands on” kitchen time.
Louison House Project
Enhancing a transitional home for homeless families in Adams. The JLBC donated a swing set, vegetable and flower gardens, lunch, and fellowship with the residents at this community shelter. It rained buckets all day, but it was worth it to see this shabby yard turned into something that the residents could enjoy with their families.
Fit Kids Park
Community Programs worked hard to bring the first Fit Kids Park to Pittsfield.
The purpose of the park is for fun and exercise to march in tandem on the “fitness trail.” Instead of spending time sitting in front of the TV or computer, this park can give children and their families, healthier options. The Junior League would like to help make the city parks a destination for families to enjoy themselves while engaging in wellness activities.
Stations include: parallel bars, a beam jump, body curl board, horizontal loop ladder, hip rotation bar, push up bar, chin up bar, and a small climbing wall.
Coolidge Park is a sprawling, largely undeveloped landmass that includes the Conte School campus and trails leading to Taconic High School. It has been the subject of considerable inconclusive discussion in recent years and the League was excited to give the park some purpose.
We are happy to hear that the nearby Conte and St. Marks schools have been using the park.