SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Department of Community Programs (DCP) and the Summit Police Athletic League (PAL) will present a TryCAN Movie and Dance Party January 18, with special needs youth, their siblings and families welcome.

The film Chicken Little will be shown indoors on the big screen, along with brief music and dancing before the movie. A quiet activities room will also be available for children needing that accommodation.

Light refreshments will be served, and trained volunteer teen peer mentors will be on hand to help the kids have a great time. The Movie and Dance Party will take place from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Summit Community Center, located at 100 Morris Avenue.

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To RSVP for the event, or to request further information, contact summitcan@gmail.com. The Summit PAL has provided financial support for this event, which is being offered as part of Summit’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, in keeping with day’s theme of volunteerism and service.

The Summit PAL offers numerous programs throughout the year for the benefit of the youth of Summit to promote activities that foster lifelong health, community spirit, and a feeling of goodwill and awareness between the children and police officers.

Youth with special needs or those who could use a little help and encouragement in participating in recreation are also encouraged to register for several TryCAN programs that continue this winter.

The popular programs are designed to be affordable -- open to children from any town-- and help youth develop skills that allow them to pursue a sport or activity further or simply provide them with a meaningful recreation experience,using teen peer mentors from local middle and high schools to help participants learn and have fun. Programs include:

  • Baseball Skills – Sundays starting January 10
  • Study Skills Workshop (for middle schoolers) – Saturdays starting February 6
  • Social Skills, using technology, for 8-12 year olds – Mondays starting January 25
  • Teen Friendship Group – Mondays starting January 25
  • Dance and Movement Group – Sundays starting January 24
  • Mini Yoga Group – Sundays starting January 24
  • Mask-Making Art Group – Thursdays starting February 4
  • Let’s Pretend play and social group for 3-5 year olds – Saturdays starting February 6.
  • Play and Learn play and social group for 6-7 year olds – Saturdays starting February 6

All programs are held at the Summit Community Center. For a copy of the flyer, detailed program information and prices, contact summitcan@gmail.com. Register online at register.communitypass.net/summit, by phone 908-277-2932, or in person at Summit Community Center. Space is limited.

The TryCAN Collaboration of communities offers an array of recreation programs for youth with special needs throughout the year. TryCAN also trains teen volunteers as peer mentors in programs throughout the year to help children be successful in recreational activities. For any volunteers interested in helping as peer mentors, please contact TryCAN at summitcan@gmail.com.