The East End House staff members hunch tightly together, shifting their weight from side to side in perfect unison as their bobsled hurtles down the course until…a tree?
This may not be Sochi, but teamwork is just as important today as East End House staff gather for a two-day Playworks training. Rigorously evaluated by Mathmatica Policy Research and Stanford University, Playworks is an evidence-based model that reduces bullying, improves behavior and attention, enhances safety, and promotes smooth transitions.
"I really loved the quiz. It was interesting that an average American eats 135 pounds of sugar each year," commented a School Age Program participant. It's not every day that children love quizzes, but this fun, creative activity was part of a series of community events designed to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. These offerings were sponsored by ARAMARK, as part of a collaboration between East End House, the Elizabeth Peabody House, Hearty Meals for All and the Cambridge Community Center. This partnership provided a series of family dinners, a Health and Wellness Fair, and a nutrition workshop for parents.
When was the last time you conquered your fear of heights, performed in a play, put on a puppet show, and created an artistic masterpiece all in one week? This is just a sampling of the many adventures that youth in the School Age Program experienced during February vacation. East End House staff planned a fun filled week including rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, an interactive play at the Cambridge Public Library, a trip to the Children's Museum, and a Digital Arts Program at the Microsoft Store. Although school vacation week is over, the School Age Program offers exciting and educational activities every day and we're already planning for April vacation and summer. Please contact Catharine Downs for more information at Catharine@eastendhouse.org or 617-876-4444.
On Tuesday, February 11th, East End House held its 6th annual Community Ice Skating Party at Community Ice Skating @ Kendall in East Cambridge.
Over 175 guests from the Cambridge community braved cold temperatures for a free, fun night of skating, food and hot chocolate. Families had an opportunity to spend quality time together, friends laughed while trying to hold each other up, and many young children had their first experience on skates!
East End House would like to thank everyone for coming out and everyone who made the event possible, including the Cambridge Police Department, East Cambridge Planning Team, Community Ice Skating @ Kendall, and Kettle Cuisine.