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N-W CSD Community Education program back for fall

Thu, Aug 30th 2018 05:00 pm
Successfully revived this past spring, Community Education is back with a new theme, new classes, and new energy this fall. "Never stop learning" - the newly adopted motto of the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District's Community Education program is simple, but important. The district believes that education should not stop at graduation -it is a lifelong process.
Community Education gives residents of the region the opportunity to continue learning about a range of diverse topics, in informal settings, surrounded by those who share similar interests. Community Education leads to the obtainment of knowledge, new experiences, and a stronger sense of community. In an era when many districts are eliminating Community Education, Niagara-Wheatfield is committed to growing its Community Education program and it welcomes those from districts who do not offer Community Education. Anyone who has a desire to learn something new is welcome. Registration by mail is taking place now. Walk-in registration begins Sept. 4.
Registration materials including the fall/early winter 2018 class brochure can be found at the N-W CSD website on the "Community Education" page (http://www.nwcsd.org/domain/77). Hard copies of the brochure can be picked up at the N-W Administration Office, 5700 West St., Sanborn) or from area libraries and town halls. Registration can also be mailed to P.O. Box 309, Sanborn, NY 14132 For further information, call the Community Education office at 215-3034 or email at [email protected]
Classes for the fall/early winter program begin Sept. 17 and run through Dec. 21. Favorites such as knitting and essential oils are back and have added additional classes. Fitness and well-being classes proved to be popular last session and will be back this session. Choices include walk 15 with master level instructor Linda Feagin; "Mindfulness and Meditation" with University at Buffalo's Wellness Center Koro Mindfulness Program Facilitator Chris Churakos; "All Levels Yoga" with Lindsay Carr from the Kripula Center; and Melissa Durfey is back with "Zumba" and has added "Zumba Toning." Engineer Dave Kostick will answer the question, "Will solar energy work for me?" in his class, "An Overview of Solar Energy" and Ken Fisher from Edward Jones will help ease your financial distress with three classes designed to assist people in each stage of their financial life, including those preparing to finance their child's education in his class "College: Getting There from Here."
Rev. Nancy Shaffer is back and has added classes dealing with the mind and the spirit, astrology being the topic of one of those additions.
Those interested in the arts can take "Drawing a Portrait," with artist and recent recipient of the Michael McMahon award at the Lewiston Arts Festival, Nicole Milley, or join founder of the Buffalo Ukulele Club John Radice, who will introduce attendees to the ukulele and teach one to read music.
One of the most popular classes last session was for kids 11-15 years old will be back this fall. "Child and Babysitting Training for Teens" will take place from 9 - 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. iSafety instructors make this a fun, informative class and kids will leave with first aid and safety skills so they know how to prevent and respond to an emergency. In addition, from 6 - 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, iSafety instructors will be offering "Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED" for those 18 years and above.
For one evening, students who complete this three-hour class will receive a two-year certification card and peace of mind. Besides the number of community members served by the Niagara Wheatfield CSD's Community Education program last spring, what was just as exciting is the awareness that it brought to those with talents they wanted to share. Some of the new instructors and classes for fall include President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Jeanette Sheliga with "Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree;" Owner and operator of Golden Fleece Taylor Shop Jennifer Baker will teach both "Intro to Sewing" and "Intro to Quilting;" and NCCC professor Dr. Philip Haseley, winner of the Chancellor's Award in Teaching Excellence, will offer a provocative two-evening seminar entitled "The JFK Assassination - 50 Years On."
Those looking to spend a stress-free night creating something simple yet beautiful can join painter Donna Klinger during "Stress Free Painting on Canvas." Afterwards, the program has known as "The Pie Lady from Grand Island," Judith McMurray, to share her delectable crust secrets in her one-night only class "It's All About the Crust: Pies 101." Further, N-W CSD's Community Education will welcome Deaf Access Services to the line up. "American Sign Language, Level 1" is a 10-week class that will teach participants a new language and culture.
In an effort to remain fresh and relevant, N-W CSD's Community Education program is always searching for instructors. Those who have a talent, hobby, or expertise in a field they are eager to share are encouraged to contact the Community Education Coordinator Mary Beth Fortunato at 245-1790 or via email at [email protected]
Class proposals are being accepted for spring 2019. Class proposal submission forms can be found on the N-W CSD website on the "Community Education" page. First time instructors should not be hesitant to propose a course idea.
For further information on the program, contact Fortunato.

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