News & Events

Some planned activities and events to look forward to this coming month are as described.

Special Activities:

Willy WonkaWASC Wonka Day. The world was astounded when Mr. Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announced that all children of the Williams After School Club will be given a tour of the WASC Wonka Candy Factory and shown all the secrets of his amazing candy creations. The children will explore the real and pretend candy factory at the Williams Elementary School on Thursday, October 4th, 2012. They will work together to create the WASC Wonka Candy Factory, with a tasty treat at the end of the day. In your wildest dreams you can not imagine the marvelous surprises that await you!

Pajama PartyPajama Party. It's time to get out your favorite PJs and have a party. Just to make this day a little extra special, we will have a PJ Party from 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday, October 15th, 2012. This will be a 'do-nothing' or 'whatever you want' day, with activities available if children want to participate or they can just relax to a whole bunch of free time. To cap off the day, we will watch a movie in our comfortable Auditorium.

WASC Field TripWASC Field Trip. The children of WASC take our traditional walking tour of Auburndale Square to pay a visit to Tom's Pizza and Wally's Wicked Good Ice Cream & Treats. Each child will be allowed to spend a cash reserve, deemed suitable and provided by the parents, for purchasing any treats throughout the day. This walking tour adventure will be provided to all children in Grades 4-5 on Thursday, October 18th, 2012.

Pumpkin PatchWASC Field Trip. The children of WASC take our traditional walking trip to United Parish of Auburndale Pumpkin Patch for some pumpkin picking. Each child will be allowed to pick out one pumpkin to bring back to the program. This pumpkin picking adventure will be provided to all Kindergarteners on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 and Friday, October 26th, 2012.

WitchHaunted House. We will have our children's themed Haunted House on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM. We make sure this event is age appropriate for all kindergarten and elementary grade levels. Children do not have to take part if they choose not to. In such occurrence, we will have a variety of Halloween crafts and gym games available for them to take part in.

Trick-or-TreatHalloween Party. As always, we will have our annual Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. We will start the day with a special spooky snack and then proceed to our favorite Halloween Games, like Mummy Wrap, Halloween Hunt, and Build-A-Ghost. We will end the day with the children's favorite Time Warp Freeze Dance and hand out the children's Halloween Goodie Bags. Look for a special guest to make this day frighteningly extra special.

Trick-or-TreatHalloween Safety Tips for Children. It is important to follow the following safety tips:

Never, ever go into a stranger's house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it's okay. Always make sure that your mom or dad is within sight when you go out trick-or-treating.

Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it's okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.

If you are an older kid or young teen, and going out with friends, make sure that your parents know where you are going and who you are going with. This may seem like a pain but they are your parents and they love you and want you to be safe.

If your parents give you a curfew, be home when they say. It builds trust between you and them and they are doing it for your own safety. If you are going to be late, call them and let them know.

Vandalism is never cool! Someone has to clean it up and it could be you, if you get caught. You can also be arrested and punished as a juvenile. So, don't think that it's fun only if you can get away with it. It's never the right thing to do! Think about how you would feel if someone did that to your house and how bad it would make you feel.

National Wear Pink Month:

Celebrate HopeCelebrate Hope. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Do good by looking good and joining millions throughout the month of October and wear pink to celebrate hope that we can one day defeat this disease.

With over twenty major fundraising events happening throughout New England in October, many opportunities exist for you to take part in promoting breast cancer awareness – for you, or someone you know.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is the premier event to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. More than just the name of a walk, it is an opportunity to join your community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and to support programs to help us reach a day when no one will have to hear the words "You have breast cancer". Find a Making Strides event happening near you.

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