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The Brighton Recreation Center has created special programming to accommodate School District 27J students who are looking for fun activities on non-contact Mondays. It’s called RecPlay Mondays and it starts when students head back to school in August.
School District 27J announced it was going to be transitioning to a four day school-week earlier this year and with the new focused academic schedule, students will only be in the classroom Tuesday-Friday. Meaning families are left to find their own childcare and entertainment for their kids on Mondays. The Brighton Recreation Center didn’t just sit back and wait for the community to ask to use its facility or for the school district to propose a partnership; instead, staff immediately went to work on what classes and educational opportunities it could offer.
“We are offering a variety of Monday programming that we hope will appeal to many different interests,” said Assistant Director of Recreation Services Jeffrey Hulett.
The approach was simple: create a wide variety of classes that will appeal to kids with a wide range of interests. The RecPlay Mondays programs are divided into age groups, much like school, and there are classes available for students in elementary all the way up to high school.
“In the morning we have our sports camps along with SpaceTime – a hands on science workshop—and LEGO Camp,” Hulett said. “Early afternoon is Culinary Kids, Strength Training and Pool Sharks.” He added, “We wrap up the day with more sports camps.”
All RecPlay Mondays’ programs run in either a three or four week session, according to the Recreation Center’s website. In addition to multi-series classes, like the ones mentioned above, the Brighton Recreation Center is also are offering one day classes held on various Mondays throughout the fall. These include classes for Babysitting and a CPR/First Aid class.
“We welcome the public’s feedback as we continue to develop programming to meet the needs of our community,” Hulett said.
Additional information can be found at www.brightonrecreation.com and click on “RecPlay Monday” or by calling the Brighton Recreation center at 303-655-2200