By Cindy Travers
Community Education Coordinator
Niagara Wheatfield Community Education
“Come together” is the theme for Niagara Wheatfield Central School District’s fall 2022 Community Education program. Registrants are invited to come together and join our outstanding instructors and fellow participants to learn, share and have fun!
Our fall session, which runs Sept. 14 through Dec. 15, offers many new and exciting offerings. There are free classes, classes for a fee, face-to-face classes, as well as online classes – a little something for everyone! Come together and try all the arts and crafts offerings ranging from making beautiful hand-woven baskets, crafting wooden decorations for Halloween, winter and your family tree. Participants are invited to come together to learn to sew, paint, draw and recognize creativity skills they did not know they possessed! Our early morning adult morning lap swim class is back, as well as an eight-session line-dancing class.
Drawing has proven to help students with fine motor skills, encourage visual analysis, teach creative problem solving, establish concentration, improve hand-eye coordination, and increase individual confidence. This session, we are proud to offer an afterschool abstract artist series for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Students will be introduced to the works of artists, create an art piece, and end each meeting with a game reinforcing the artist’s style.
In addition to the afterschool abstract artist series, students in grades K-5 can participate in a six-week afterschool program specifically designed for young students to learn the Spanish language. Older students are encouraged to enroll in many of our college prep courses.
Returning this session is the engaging “The Fun Defensive Driving Course.” This one-of-a kind Improve Aware Traffic School Point and Reduction program is New York State Department of Motor Vehicle’s only humor-based approved course. “Laugh a little and live a lot” and you will laugh our points off and save 10% on your car and motorcycle insurance as well as knock 4 points off you DMV record.
As requested by former participants, we are pleased to offer a three-session American Sign Language course. Participants will learn proper hand shapes, sign space, parameter of a sign, alphabet, numbers, introductions, personal information, yes/no questions, basic greetings and education on the deaf culture.
Musical offerings consist of both face-to-face and online guitar lessons, piano lessons and singing lessons. Our ever-popular health and fitness (body, mind and spirit) and financial classes offer a variety of offerings, which accommodate many different schedules. A “Monthly Book Club” will be held for the duration of the session. Participants are encouraged to register and view the requirements in order to be prepared for the first meeting.
We are always seeking optimistic, enthusiastic instructors who have skills, hobbies or an expertise that they would like to share with our community. First-time instructors, as well as seasoned presenters, are encouraged to propose classes for spring 2023. Community Education classes are a great way to promote your work, network, and meet new clients.
Come together to try new or familiar classes! Early, preregistration for each class is required. Instructors need to know how many students will be attending to help them plan materials. Late registration may cause a class to be canceled due to low enrollments. Participants can view and sign up for classes through our registration software at https://nwcsd.coursestorm.com/.