Sara Holbrook Community Center hires new site director

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Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:01am -- Denise Sortor

Executive Director Leisa Pollander is happy to announce that Elizabeth Pelkey will serve as the new Site Director at its Hunt Middle School Afterschool Program, an enrichment program in collaboration with the Burlington School District. “The Sara Holbrook Community Center is very lucky to have Elizabeth Pelkey join the Center's team,” said Executive Director Leisa Pollander. “Elizabeth has been part of the Hunt community for years, and her familiarity with the school and the students will help make this a smooth transition.”

  “Growing up and looking back, I can’t recall having too many options after school,” said Pelkey. “When the bell ran, time was up. The doors were locked and students were left to their own devices until another day began. At the end of the school day today and every day into the future, I want students to know that they have an array of educational, recreational, and social opportunities here in Burlington after school. As the new program director, I am a goal-oriented person and my devotion to advocacy for youth programs will not waiver. We will continue to incorporate inclusive opportunities that will encourage and support students to learn and to grow.

I want and invite our students to come along and connect with our community to make new discoveries, engage creative journeys, develop lifelong hobbies, and have fun.”

The Hunt’s Middle School Afterschool Program offers free 5-week enrichment classes throughout the year (including summers), to middle school students in Burlington and Winooski. A sample of courses includes electronics, metal-working, music composition, soccer, bike mechanics, gardening, cooking, filmmaking and arts and crafts. It also provides an afterschool meal and homework help.

Pelkey earned a BS at the University of Vermont in Secondary Education and a MS at the University of New England (Biddleford, ME) in Curriculum and Instruction. She has worked at Hunt’s Middle School over the last nine years as a paraeducator, teacher, homework club supervisor and most recently, as the interim director of the Hunt’s Middle School Afterschool Program.

Now in its 81st year, the Sara Holbrook Community provides support and programs for low-income children and their families. Annually it serves over 1,100 children through its preschool, afterschool enrichment programs, summer adventure camp programs, and a teen center. The Center also offers English classes for adults and children, and emergency food assistance. In addition to its programming at Hunt Middle School, the Center has two locations- 66 North Ave in the Old North End of Burlington and 130 Gosse Court in the New North End of Burlington. All the Center's programs are free or low-cost. For more information, visit the agency’s website at