Salem Lunch Learn & Play Program

Time For Some Summer Learning!

The 2015 Lunch, Learn & Play program will begin on Monday, July 6 and run until Frilday, August 14.

Please review the information on our 2014 enrichment program ~ children may register during the month of June.

Are you interested in enrolling your child in Lunch, Learn & Play?

Information in the articles below pertains to the 2014 program.

The facts for 2015 are:

The program will begin on Monday, July 6 and end on Friday, August 14.

The LL&P day begins at the Courthouse Community Center (the Youth Center behind the main building) at 11:30 and ends at 5:30.

Lunch is served first with a full afternoon of wonderful programming to follow.

There will be a Red Cross approved swim program in the morning – the Town of Salem is providing a bus to pick the children up at the school (@ 8:15) and take them directly to Lake Lauderdale – the will be bused back to the Courthouse for the 11:30 start time. – details to follow. This has been added to provide a full-day program for working families.

There is a one-time fee for the busing (usually @ $25) but no tuition fee for LL&P.

LL&P is open to all children who will be entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall – regardless of where they live.

Enrollment will take place in June at which time registration forms will be available at the Courthouse.

Any questions may be answered by calling 518-854-7053.

2015 Fundraising Opportunities for LL&P

Friday, May 15 at 7 pm at the Courthouse: Elementary School Talent Show with Dessert Auction to follow

Saturday, May 16 at 7  pm at the Courthouse: Rebecca Rogers in concert performing a lovely selection of classical songs with a Dessert Auction to follow

Please support these wonderful fundraising events!

Outstanding 2014 Summer Enrichment Program at the CCC

     The Salem Courthouse Community Center is offering its 8th season of Lunch, Learn & Play commencing on Monday, July 7.  This outstanding summer enrichment program is offered free of charge to all area children entering Kindergarten through entering sixth grade.  Serving over 120 children each summer, the six week program runs five days per week, six hours per day.  It is combined with the Town of Salem morning swim program offered at Lake Lauderdale, thereby providing working parents with a safe, healthy and educational destination for their children for the full day (8:30 am to 5:30 pm).

Salem Lunch, Learn & Play cooking class

   Lunch, Learn & Play is highly regarded by parents, teachers, school administrators and community members.   Aside from providing a safe venue for the children of working parents, the program strives to engage the minds of the participants as well as keep their bodies active.  A healthy lunch prepared in the CCC’s certified kitchen each day, utilizes produce grown in the Courthouse Community Garden.  After lunch, the children participate in three to four enriching programs each afternoon.  In addition to the programs, the children take supervised community walks visiting the library, school track, firehouse and prominent local sites.

     Since this program is offered at no cost, many supporters provide necessary funds.  The Shoppe Off Broadway thrift store is the most generous sponsor lending both monetary support and making necessary improvements to the Youth Center as well.  The Stewart’s Holiday Match  also provides grant funding on an annual basis.  The Target Foundation, Glens Falls Foundation,  Charles R. Wood Foundation and Leo Cox Beach Foundation have also funded this initiative over the years.

     Lunch, Learn & Play is also a great benefit to the young adults of the area.  The program is overseen by a retired school administrator and employs two certified school teachers, four college students and four high school students.  There are numerous high school volunteers in the Counselor-in-Training program who go on to become paid staff.  In addition, there are many adult volunteers who lend their necessary assistance.

     Enrollment is ongoing at this time.  Children are welcome from the surrounding communities if their parents wish to transport them.  Registration forms are currently available at the CCC, and any additional information may be obtained by calling 518-854-7053.


Yes, it’s happening again, and it’s just around the corner!!! Lunch, Learn and Play, our wonderful, varied, free daily program for children in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, is being readied.

Lunch, Learn and Play expands each year, adding new staff and more exciting and educational activities. We are always in need of financial support and we welcome ideas for grant opportunities. We also welcome all individual, institutional and business donations.

Programs will be provided by a variety of talented folks who are happy to spend good time teaching, learning and sharing with our kids. If you are interested in doing something with the kids this summer, please contact Herb Perkins at or at 518-854-7008.

For your calendar:
2014 Fundraising Opportunities for LL&P:

June 14 Saturday at 7 pm CONCERT & DESSERT AUCTION
German Festival Chorus at the Salem Central School

June 21 Saturday at 7 pm

As spring arrives, we realize that summer follows with the July 7 start of Lunch, Learn & Play for our youngest area citizens!

Children in grades K-6 will again be participating in our six week program in the Youth Barn and on our premises.

Last year we provided over 60 programs, most of them done free of charge by local talented folks. It’s truly amazing to realize the extent of talent in our area and to receive the generous benefits from folks who are willing to spend some time with the children.

We are always looking for new ideas and experiences for our kids. Programs may be a one-time thing or take place over subsequent days or weeks. If you are interested in doing something with the kids this summer, please contact Herb Perkins at or at 518-854-7008. Herb would love to hear from you, discuss your talent or passion and then help you schedule and set up your time with the kids.

We thank everyone who shared their time and talents last year. Hopefully, all of the great program providers will return again this summer and inspire others. Hopefully all of the great program providers will return this summer.We couldn’t do this great free summer program without them and the many dedicated workers who make the program a reality.


Special and wonderful children attended Lunch, Learn & Play this past summer. Special and wonderful programs, projects and a parade of opportunities filled their days on the lawn, in the community garden and in the Youth Barn on the Courthouse grounds. Special thanks to Krissie Breen for coordinating the majority of these enriching opportunities.

Local artists, local chefs, local musicians, zoologists, historians, athletes, farmers and local museums and businesses shared information and fun. In addition, more excitement was provided by a bounce house, a rock-climbing wall and regular walking hikes.

Beginning with a nutritious lunch each day, our area children participated in a full schedule of learning and playing under the supervision of Kim Gariepy, director and Chris Fronhofer and Kathlyn McCarthy, certified teachers and of course, many, many volunteers. Herb Perkins, Vice-President of the HSCPA Board of Directors and dedicated overall manager of L,L&P, offers a special Thank You to each and every organizer, presenter, guest and participant in L,L & P, 2013! Special and wonderful kids, we’ll see you next July!!!


Start-up day for L,L&P is Monday, July 1. We thought you might be interested in some updates about the plans for this summer. We are very excited to announce that Chris Fronhofer, Salem High School’s Spanish teacher, will be joining the staff for the summer. Chris will be particularly involved with the newly designed program for fifth and sixth graders.

We are grateful to the Stewart’s Foundation and Stewart’s customers in Salem for a holiday match program which brought $1,750 to L,L&P. There is no enrollment charge for L,L&P, and with this support, we are able to offer exceptional programming and a healthy lunch to our kids. Combined with the Town of Salem’s Morning Swim Program, children may take advantage of a full day’s worth of summer activities through August 9. The Shoppe Off Broadway, one of the major supporters of L,L&P, has recently made possible a new lighting system for the Youth Barn. Added to the new floor provided by the Shoppe last year, the Youth Barn is even spiffier and is indeed ready for the summer’s activities! Thank you to everyone who shops at the Shoppe!

REMINDER: Please know that we are always looking for folks who would like to donate their talent to L,L&P by presenting a program or sharing an interest with the children. In addition we are collecting ideas for our new grades 5 and 6 programming. Ideas or offers? Contact Herb Perkins at 859-3538 or at

Salem Lunch & Learning Program

FREE & OPEN TO ALL Area Children
(entering K – entering grade 6)
(Children can choose days they wish to attend.)
FLEXIBLE HOURS (Children may stay all
afternoon or be picked up early.)
SCHEDULE Monday ~ Friday, 11:30 am–5:30 pm

Yes, we are delighted to announce that Lunch, Learn & Play will happen again this summer!! HSCPA and The Shoppe Off Broadway have been providing summer fun, food and education for kindergarten through sixth graders for over six years! Many of our older children will “graduate” this summer after participating each year since the program began.

Plans are well under way for this summer. L, L & P will again offer art, music and dance programs as well as special programs and activities provided by talented and generous people of our area. The older children will also have opportunities to explore various sports for two-week sessions, learn hiking skills and nature lore, visit farms for hands-on participation and perform community services around town.

The Lunch, Learn & Play program takes place in the Youth Barn and in the yard and garden behind the Courthouse. The Youth Barn has seen some wonderful structural improvements provided by the generosity of the Shoppe. The barn offers an excellent venue for projects and programs, enhanced this year by new lighting, provided by the Shoppe. Food is prepared in the Battenkill Kitchen, next door to the barn. The Lunch, Learn & Play section of the Community Garden has been expanded and there are plans to involve kids in the design and building of a shelter next to the garden to be used for garden relaxation.

L, L & P is always open to hearing about project or programming ideas for the children. Please feel free to call 854-7053 to offer a suggestion. This year we are especially interesed in hearing about local folks who have a skill or craft that our 5th and 6th graders could interview them about.The children will be creating a book about sagesand artisans.