02 December 2016

Program Helps Children Reach for the SKIES
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
Children enrolled at the Fort Detrick Child and Youth Services have a multitude of clubs, programs and activities they can choose take part in. Those looking for even more to do can look at the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills program, also known as the SKIESUnlimited program.

“Using the SKIESUnlimited program, children and youth have access to opportunities that expand their knowledge, using a four-school system,” said Wendee Bitto, Fort Detrick SKIESUnlimited program manager. “The four schools are: School of Fitness and Health, School of Art, Recreation and Leisure, School of Life Skills and School of Academic Skills.”

Bitto explained that the School of Fitness and Health has programs such as martial arts, gymnastics and nutrition classes; the School of Art, Recreation and Leisure offers arts and crafts, dance, music and photography classes; the School of Life Skills teaches about citizenship, leadership and domestic life skills; and the School of Academic Skills includes sign language classes, vocational skills training and literacy classes.

“The SKIESUnlimited program is growing on Fort Detrick, with classes of varying length,” said Bitto. “Some of the classes are long-term and some are short-term, and provide the children and youth with a flexible, creative environment dedicated to excellence.”

Bitto continued, “We have some exciting programs coming up. There is a gymnastics program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old. After Jan. 1, we will have a martial arts program for children ages 4 to 18 years old, and a Kindermusik program for children from 3 to 18 years old.”

Spring will bring a slew of new classes, including an art program called “Young Rembrandts” for school aged children, Kinderdance for children ages 3-18 and a sign language class for children ages 3 to 6 years old.

“We will also have a cake decorating class for kids 10-18 years old, a sewing class for 8-18 years old youth and will be having a series of one-day classes including knitting in January, scrapbooking in February and cross stitch in March,” said Bitto.

For more information, call (301) 619-3246.
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