Activities planned for Langley families affected by teacher dispute

Should the teachers’ dispute continue into September, students can still go back to school – pioneer-style.

The Langley Centennial Museum and Fort Langley National Historic Site have teamed up to create Pioneer Pupils, a unique learning experience for children affected by the ongoing teacher labour dispute.

The educational day camp will be offered to kids in Grades 4 to 6 from Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5.

Providing a wide range of activities, the camp is designed to reawaken slumbering summer minds and prepare kids for the inevitable return to classes.

Students will spend the morning at the Langley Centennial Museum and the afternoon at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

At this unique camp, professional instructors provide lessons on history, art, and science.

“September is the time to learn, and students can keep up their studies and have fun while exploring a variety of subjects,” said Township Arts and Heritage educator Jeff Chenatte.

Cost for the Pioneer Pupils day camp is $160.

Register online at recexpress.ca, barcode 461911, or call the Langley Centennial Museum at 604-532-3536.

 Langley Township’s recreation department will look at organizing programs if the labour dispute continues past Labour Day.

City camps

In Langley City, kids ages five to 12 can sign up for Strike Camp. There will be two groups, five to seven and eight to 12.

The camps will be based at the Al Anderson Memorial Pool but the kids will also be going to various places, such as City parks and facilities, and maybe field trips to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and aquarium.

“The camp will continue if the dispute is not resolved,” explained Karlo Tamondong, City Recreation supervisor (preschool, children, adults and aquatics).

The kids will do crafts, sports and games. The camps run Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $138 per week or $34 per day.

There is the option for extended play (7-8:30 a.m. and (3-6 p.m.) for a cost of $34 per week or $10 per day.

“Our maximum number of registered kids are 24 per day,” Tamondong said.

To sign up, contact the Douglas Recreation Centre at 604-514-2865.

More may be announced depending on how long students are out of class.

Cheer up

Langley’s XTreme Allstar Cheer & Dance has added a second Fine Arts Strike Camp after its first one filled. Camp 2 runs Sept. 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5360 204th St.

The cost is $170 for new students, $150 for students who attended the first camp and $100 for those on the waitlist for camp 1.

Karen, 604-613-4090 or Lisa, 604-512-4840, or e-mail xtremecheeranddance@gmail.com. Or check out www.xtremecheeranddance.com.

Giddy up

Webb’s Holiday Acres offers day or overnight horse camps at 11th Avenue and 256th Street.

It will keep the gates open if the labour dispute continues into the school year. It has day camps ($320 for Sept. 2-5 and $400 for five-day camps).

Overnight camps are are $395 for Sept 1-5 and $480 for Sept. 7-12.

For more information, contact 604-857-1712 or guestranch@shaw.ca, or Webb’s Facebook page.

Load up a brush

The Neighbourhood Art Studio (theartschool.com) will offer classes for ages four to 12 and another for teens.

The classes include classical drawing and painting.

They run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at at 20059 92A Ave. Contact 604-455-0344 or theartschool@hotmail.com. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The kids bring lunch. Art materials are provided. The cost is $50 per day or $200 for five days.

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