MUSA has taken advantage of the beautiful fall weather by participating in several fall-themed crafts and service projects! MUSA youth got creative decorating these mini pumpkins at the afterschool program.
In addition, afterschool youth participated in a September service project, collecting coats and clothing for Rainbow Kitchen’s coat drive. MUSA was able to donate several bags of gently used clothing thanks to the dedication of the children and their families. For October, MUSA youth will be participating in a “Clean Up Day,” where they will help to clean up the play spaces at Barrett and Park Elementary. MUSA youth are doing their part to help the community!
MUSA is still accepting fall enrollments for afterschool and Little Lambs Early Learning Center! Enroll today to get your child involved in the fall fun! Call (412) 461-1800 or email MSavolskis@musasv.org.
Come join the fun this school year at MUSA’s Little Lambs Early Learning Center for children ages 3-5 and MUSA’s Afterschool Program for youth ages Kindergarten-12! Now enrolling!
See our Little Lambs and Afterschool pages for more information!
As MUSA’s Summer Program comes to an end, we would like to thank all of the families that made this year a success. From creating tile mosaics with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to flying down water slides at Idlewild, MUSA youth had many one-of-kind experiences this summer.
We look forward to many more summer adventures. Check out our website in March 2015 for enrollment information for next summer’s program!
In connection with planning for our Spring Performance focused on movement and dance, MUSA’s Afterschool Program participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hop-A-Thon. For a week straight, both Park and Barrett Afterschool Programs participated in lesson plans that were aimed at children to teach them the three core values of awareness, acceptance, and assistance when it comes to disability consciousness.
The free lesson plans that were sent to us from the MDA Hop-A-Thon focused on educating MUSA youth on disabilities and what they mean, specifically muscular dystrophy. The youth learned that people with muscular dystrophy, and other disabilities, are just like us, and that they can do the same things we can do, maybe just in a different way.
The specific examples the lesson plans gave were focused around a young boy named Trevor who had muscular dystrophy and had to use a wheelchair. It was explained throughout the week-long lesson plans that Trevor liked to do a lot of the same things MUSA youth liked to do, such as playing outside with friends and going to the mall or movies.
“We learned about Trevor and his disabilities, and how he can still do things,” explained Barrett MUSA student, Alexis Menefee.
Another component to the Hop-A-Thon was raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For the month of March, both Park and Barrett collected any loose change staff, youth, and parents could find. Once the collecting was complete, Park accumulated $41.05, Barrett accumulated $89.28, and the grand total was $130.33.
“It was fun collecting money for the jar,” said Barrett MUSA student, Tiera Menefee.
At the end of the week-long lesson plans and month-long money collection, the final task given by the Hop-A-Thon was for youth at both Park and Barrett Afterschool to hop for a total of two minutes to prove what they had learned. Both Park and Barrett completed the task successfully, and had fun while doing it.
To see the video of Barrett Afterschool participating in their final hop, please visit MUSA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MUSASV1.