New offerings at Create Learning Center
Sharon Cowley has taken her Create Learning Center’s motto — to foster imagination and creativity for children to grow — to heart in the program’s first year. In nine months, classes at the preschool at 463 Danbury Road have grown to full-size with two-, three- and four-year-olds.
Now, Cowley not only wants her students to use their imagination, she also wants to enhance community involvement.
Giving back to the community is an essential skill she wants her students to learn and the newly created garden behind the preschool is going to help with this plan.
The preschool’s garden is full of almost every kind of herb along with many other foods — from zucchini to watermelon to garlic.
This summer, the school will use these ingredients to cook for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission that helps feed people fighting poverty. The children going to Cowley’s summer camp will be the first ones to begin cooking for the mission as part of the new full-day option, which runs from 9 to 4, while the regular camp day is from 9 to 1.
Every afternoon, the full-day children will participate in cooking lessons, and Cowley will make an end-of-the-week drop-off at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Each week of camp consists of a different theme with a variety of accompanying art projects, imaginative play and games. There will also be water play and various outdoor games and activities.
Cowley added a new movie-making component and she said many examples can be seen under the YouTube tab on her Facebook page.