2016 Salem Lunch Learn & Play Program

Time For Some Summer Learning!

The 2016 Lunch, Learn & Play program will begin on Tuesday, July 5 and run until Frilday, August 12.

Registration forms may be obtained by stopping by the Courthouse Community Center or calling 518-854-7053. It's in our computer system, and we would be happy to email it to you!

“Lunch, Learn & Play”

A very special opportunity for all area children

Do you know where your children or grandchildren will be this summer?? Do you want their days to be active, enlightening and just plain fun??  Please read further to learn about the program we offer Monday through Friday, 11:30am-5:30pm at the Courthouse from July 5 through August 12. Lunch, Learn & Play is a free summer program for all area youth,  kindergarten through sixth grade. It serves about 140 children from Salem and the towns nearby each summer.  It is a six-week program, five days per week and six hours per day. Combined with the Town of Salem’s morning Swim Program, it gives working parents a safe, healthy, educational place for their children to enjoy for the entire day. (The daily, morning Salem Swim Program at Lake Lauderdale in not a part of Lunch, Learn & Play but busing is available from Lauderdale to the Courthouse in time for LL&P.) LL&P takes place in the Youth Barn and on the side yard at the Courthouse site. Offsite venues include field trip sites and on community walks. The youth enjoy a nutritious lunch and snack each day prepared in the Battenkill Kitchen. They visit the Courthouse Community Garden and local farms to see where their food comes from. They spend most of their time outdoors in the fresh air with great teachers and counselors, making new friends and practicing good social skills. Local individuals and organizations present over 80 educational, creative, informational, fun activities for the children over the summer.

2016 STAFF

The staff of LL&P is in place for the upcoming summer:

Volunteer Directors:    Kim Gariepy and Herb Perkins

Assistant Director, K-4:   Laura Cary   

Assistant Director, 5-6:  Ben Phillips

Community Garden:   Lily Hughes, Alex McGregor     

Counselors – K:  Dana Linendoll, Lauren Waszik   

Counselors  1-4:  Abby Toomey, Adam Shulman, Nick Frost, Virginia Caponera & Jackie MacGregor

Counselors – 5-6:  Ryan Braymer, Caroline McKeighan  

Food Sourcer & Lunch Planner:  Seth Pitts

Lunch Cook:  Dottie Schneider

First Aid Trainer:  Sheryl Chambers    

Note: The Economic Opportunity Council also provides three young, community people to work under the supervision of the cook and Community Garden supervisors.   Lunch, Learn & Play is the largest employer of Salem youth. We hire three to four college students and five to six high school students each year. Through excellent training and work habits, the students are positive ambassadors for their community

New Kindergarten Program

Lunch, Learn & Play recently received a grant from LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council) and Holy Cross Church of Salem to implement a special program for all rising kindergarteners. In coordination with Salem Elementary School and Principal Jane Lourie, two Salem teachers and several local artists will provide hours of activities for kindergarteners only. It will be a unique and separate experience with counselors and teachers concentrating exclusively on them. Salem kndergarten teacher, Paula Bourgeois  and Salem literacy teacher, Valeda McLenithan will guide LL&P teachers, counselors and local artists as they present activities to raise socialization and literacy capabilities.. Within the new kindergarten effort, several artists and teachers arrive to offer a variety of  programming in the areas of music, math, puppetry, book-making, painting, literature and science. One special focus will be a nature study with children’s book author and artist, Virginia Lynn Anderson. Under her supervision, the young participants will put together their very own books! We are excited to offer this program this summer. The teachers and administrators at Salem Elementary are thankful for the opportunity at LL&P to help the kindergarteners get ready for the beginning of the school in the fall.

1st-4th Grade  Program

Coming to our largest group of youngsters is a strong and varied program. Many art and literacy activities continue – designing with math, Music from Salem concerts, daily visits to the Bancroft library, book-making, murals, creative writing, puppets, etc. Also, classes in archery, fly tying, nutrition, Native American influences in our area, managing money, dance and movement. We look forward to this year’s balloon launch, farm tours, sports games, visiting pets and the opportunity to sit on and in large trucks! Many Salem business owners and local residents provide super experiences for our kids.                                        

5th and 6th Grade Initiative

  This summer will mark the third year of a separate program for our older youth in grades 5 and 6.  Several of their experiences will be off-site. Sewing  classes are at Salem school under the guidance of instructor, Bev Kratzert.  A river study, art and nature projects will take place at The Georgi on the Battenkill in Shushan. Science director Chris Hubbard and staff will provide a two-week study and work project (along with a camp-out) at Merck Forest & Farmland Center. Salem Art Works artists will again provide a program each week at their location. Chef Michael Mahar will head a cooking class and Lily Loveday, a dance and movement class.


 The generous supporters for LL&P are many. Our main sponsor is the Shoppe Off Broadway Thrift store on the Courthouse grounds. In addition to their monetary support, the Shoppe has funded, among other things, a complete replacement of the floor and new lighting in the Youth Barn. We diligently search for grant opportunities which will help with expenses and also ensure the continuation of this excellent service to our children in future years. Please see the list of financial supporters in the Salem area included in this article.


  Of course we are hoping that all who read or hear about LL&P will want to join the list of supporters. Becoming a member of the Courthouse Community Center (only $20/Individual or $35/Family) helps to keep our buildings maintained. In addition, direct contributions can be made by writing LL&P in the memo line of your check to HSCPA.   You are most welcome to stop in at any time to observe your kids or grandkids and/or young friends enjoying their days with us. We are proud of our program and grateful for the many folks who bless our days with their talents and time. Come and take a look; you’re certain to be impressed!   Our gratitude and thanks are extended to the many organizations, foundations and individuals who support this fine enrichment programs. (Please note, this list represents those who have given up to mid-June when this piece was written.):


The Shoppe Off Broadway


James & Judith Higby

David & Nancy Higby

Salem Drama Club


Stewart’s Holiday Match

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

Donald & Elaine Davis

Battenkill Books

The Maurice Sendak Foundation

Joyce Getty

Ann Casselman

Holy Cross Church

First Presbyterian Church Mission Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Simon Weinstein

The Sandy Hill Foundation

Caroline Wetzel

Tim & Patty Burch

The Courthouse Quilters

West Hebron UP Church

The Charles R. Wood Foundation

The Glens Falls Foundation

Salem Elementary School Talent Show & Dessert Auction

Michael Gallagher Benefit Concert

Preble Realty

Lisa Hansen (in memory of her mother, Shirley Taillefer)


Alfred  & Debora Klein

Bob and Liz Skinner (in memory of Helen Akland)

Chuck and Donna Farringer (in memory of Helen Akland)

Bob and Carolyn Akland (In memory of Helen Akland)

Salem Central School PTA

Joan Lowe

Rose Ann Savage

Jim and Ellen Carrolan

Mandi and Ben Rider

Peter and Anne Dunigan

Joe and Sally Brillon

Salem Central School National Honor Society

Kay Tomasi

Ann Sartoris

Yvonne Gilbert

Teresa DePaul

Joshua and Jennifer Whitney