Five Town Communities That Care STAR program is back
Rockport — After a one-year hiatus, Five Town Communities That Care is once again offering their STAR program for fifth through eighth-grade students in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport.
STAR (Skills Training and Recognition) is an after-school program focusing on skill development, recognizing youth as they learn these skills, and connecting youth with opportunities to give back by using these skills in the larger community. STAR also gives children an opportunity to meet and make new friends from other schools in the five towns.
Minus the year hiatus, Five Town CTC has offered STAR at no cost for participants for three cycles a year since it was implemented in spring 2004. The program has had a positive influence on hundreds of local adolescents and has won national, state, and local awards.
Parents of students interested in participating in STAR should be sure to check their mailboxes for registration materials sent out last week. Because classes tend to fill up quickly, Five Town CTC urges parents to return their registrations promptly. The first cycle of classes begins April 23 and runs through June 11.
STAR has long been Five Town CTC’s flagship program, a readily identifiable symbol of prevention programming here in the Midcoast. Deanne Dutton, interim STAR coordinator, is very pleased with the reception the resurgent program has received among parents and students.
"I have been involved with Communities that Care for many years,” she said in a news release. “But it has been a wonderfully new experience to organize this cycle of the STAR program. STAR means a lot to us here at Five Town Communities that Care, but it also means a lot to the children of the five towns. I am very excited to be a part of this marvelous program!"
During STAR, skills training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fun Fridays, all students enrolled in STAR come together for activities that foster relationships between peers from all of our local schools in a more loosely structured environment. For the spring cycle of STAR, students will be able to participate in one of the following classes: Knit Wits, Exploring Through the Arts, Hands On Science, Animal Antics, Aldemere Farm Hands, Martial Arts, Cooking, and Improvisational Drama.
For more information on registering for STAR, on the other programs and services of Five Town Communities That Care, or to donate to the STAR Program, visit fivetownctc.org or call 236-9800.