Friendship Circle of Brooklyn has opened registration for Session Two of its after school clubs for girls and boys of all abilities.
After running a successful pilot program, the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn will be offering two simultaneous after school clubs for boys and girls, starting mid-February. Both sessions will foster an inclusive environment and will be open to both children with disabilities and typical children in the community.
With the majority of children with disabilities attending school out of Crown Heights, it became increasingly clear to FC Directors, Chani and Berel Majesky, that a new program that includes all children in the community needed to be created.
The initial pilot program of Martial Arts for boys and Cooking Club for girls was met with such excitement and sold out sessions, and left parents begging for more! Session two will be offering Woodworking classes for boys and Ballet for girls. Classes will be run simultaneously at the NEW Friendship Circle space at 540 East New York Ave, on Tuesdays from 5.30-6.30pm.
Programs will have a number of volunteers on hand to ensure the environment is one of inclusion and a great social experience for all in attendance.
New for this year, the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn held the Sib’s Circle kickoff event. At Sibs Circle, siblings of children with special needs get together for their own special time.
Following a day in school, over 20 girls ages 7 to 12 gathered together in the Jewish Children’s Museum for facilitator led games, baking, and to connect with other siblings.
The girls were treated to fresh hot waffles topped with heavenly ice cream with a variety of toppings, and a engaging icebreaker was played with an ice block to begin the program.
The girls then shaped and braided challah while lively music played in the background. Followed by an exciting selfie hunt, where the girls raced to take selfies with all the required objects and individuals.
It was amazing and it was all around smiles and laughter for everyone.
The Sibs Circle will hold a number of special programs, geared for the siblings of children with special needs throughout the year. A separate program program for boys is organized by Yossi Smoller, director of the FC Boys Division.Special thanks to Hinda Rapapport who arranged and assisted with this event.