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Special Needs Baseball Night and Summer Programs

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The 6th annual TryCAN Baseball Under the Lights, hosted by Summit Community Programs and TryCAN, takes place Friday, June 19 at Jefferson School Field at 110 Ashwood Avenue in Summit, with a tailgate starting at 6:30pm and game at 7:15pm. Join us as family, friends, teen peer volunteers and coaches cheer on the baseball talents of our special kids. Special thanks to the Summit Junior Baseball, Sharkey’s Snack Shack, the Summit FMBA, the Summit Fire Department, Thompson Sporting Goods, and the Summit Elks Lodge for their generous support. We have a full team of players now but would love the public to join us, even for a few minutes, to cheer our kids on. If you have a child who still may want to play, let us know and we’ll try to add her/him. For more information, please contact Kevin at summitcan@gmail.com.

In Summer Reading Camp, children ages 5-9 who may be struggling a bit or reluctant to read and could use a little support, encouragement get critical reading practice during critical summer down time. Children will use games, books, music and other activities to improve reading skills, while capitalizing on strengths to instill self-confidence and a Can-do! attitude. Kids work on decoding, phonics, comprehension and choosing books for pleasure reading. Sarah Hanson, Certified Teacher is the instructor. The program runs 5:00-5:45 pm three days a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (June 30 – July 23). You can register for one, two, or three days a week.

In Music with Jammin’ Jenn, children (ages 4-8) engage in singing, movement and instrument exploration in a fun and lively setting to increase body awareness, awareness of others, attention and listening skills and encourage a love of music. Class runs Thursdays 6:15 - 6:45 pm (July 2, 9, 16, 23). Jenn Goodman, Certified Music Therapist is the instructor.

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In Dance and Movement, children (ages 4-8) participate in a unique learning environment as they move with use of traditional music and songs, creative movement, dance and rhythms, games and props that provide sensory stimulation, art, and storytelling.  Class runs Sundays 11:00 - 11:45 am (June 28, July 12, 19, 26). Michele Goldin, Expert Dance and Movement Therapist is the instructor.

Reading Camp, Music with Jammin’ Jenn, and Dance and Movement are held at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue. Please call 908-277-2932 for prices, questions or to enroll. For online registration and credit card payment go to https://register.communitypass.net/summit. Groups include teen Peer Mentors from local middle and high schools to enhance your child’s participation, learning and fun! TryCAN is a collaboration of local communities offering an array of recreation programs for youth with special needs or those who need special accommodation. There are no resident fees involved and all are welcome!

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