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AFTER THE SCHOOL BELL - HOPKINTON & ASHLAND SCHOOLS

School’s out-
OUTSIDE
MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center


Located at the 116 acre facility at the Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton, School’s Out @ the Y provides after school programming for children from grades
K-5
who attend Ashland and Hopkinton elementary schools.  We are open from school release until 6pm.

School’s Out encourages freedom and exploration with support and structure. Children enrolled in the program get plenty of exercise, enjoy the fresh air by being outside along with having time to complete their homework and participate in brain building activities.  Research shows that physical activity and exposure to natural environments improve brain development, enhances learning, improves memory and builds physical and emotional health.* This makes for happy kids and happy parents.


The Benefits of School’s Out

  • Experiencing new opportunities
  • Building confidence and self efficacy
  • Developing an understanding of conservancy and appreciation for the great outdoors
  • Instilling a sense of community through service
  • Improving academic success and social skills
  • Peace of mind  - your child is safe, having fun, and growing

The Value of School’s Out at the YMCA

  • Academic activities and homework help
  • Healthy snacks
  • Transportation provided from school
  • Early release, vacation, & snow day programs          
  • Adventure activities such as archery, rock climbing, nature trails, geo-caching, adventure course, and end of school year swim lessons are included  

The ADVANTAGE OF BEING OUTSIDE

  • Improved concentration. Children focus better after being outdoors
  • Developing an understanding of conservancy and appreciation for the great outdoors
  • Improving academic success and social skills
  • Experiencing new adventures
  • Nature's Healing Powers—It seems that just being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good
  • Appreciation for Planet Earth


ENROLL TODAY FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015
Shannon Dixon, School’s Out Director
schoolsout@metrowestymca.org    /   508-879-4420 x42
www.metrowestymca.org/childcare/schoolsout

Schools Out at the MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center
45 East Street, Hopkinton MA 01748

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