Sara Holbrook Community Center welcomes Symchych to its board

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Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:06am -- Denise Sortor

Leisa Pollander, Executive Director of Sara Holbrook Community Center, is happy to announce that Catherine Symchych has joined the Board of Directors. “Catherine’s skillset as an educator and librarian will be a solid asset to the agency as it refines programming to meet the needs of the children we serve.”

With careful consideration, Catherine (Symchych) chose Burlington as her new location. "Last year when I was deciding on a new place to live, Burlington stood out for a variety of reasons. One key appeal was the multi-ethnic makeup of the city. What better way for me to learn about the refugee experience in Vermont than joining the Sara Holbrook Community Center?"

Symchych earned a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming, and a BA in French from Haverford College. She also completed the Library Media Program at Black Hills State University. As the librarian at Snowy Range Academy for the last seven years, Catherine more than doubled the library collects to better meet staff and student needs, ran book fairs to help students purchase quality literature at low prices, and supported student literacy with focused instruction. She has also worked as a teacher, afterschool program director, private tutor, and outdoor school instructor.

In addition to serving on the Sara Holbrook Center’s Board of Directors, Symchych volunteers at the Center’s Elementary Afterschool Program twice a week. Her extensive background in teaching, literature, birding, and arts/crafts makes her a wonderful addition to the SHCC community.

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. 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: