“Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” have been the biggest days for sales in recent years. In fact, the stock market wavers on the success of the days. Companies like Toys R Us or BestBuy rely on the success of these days in the last quarter of the calendar year.
And let us not forget the furniture industry with its President’s Day and Labor Day sales. You get free financing for 24 months on at Broyhill dining room package. What a bargain!
At Parks and Rec, we have a similar day and it began this past week. On Wednesday, we opened the Enrichment Program scheduling for the 2015-16 year. The teachers in Harrison County and surrounding areas will be rallying to schedule events for their kids Field Days.
“As far as emails are concerned, my inbox is flooded with emails from teachers looking to schedule dates for our enrichments,” said Director Mike Book. “Our programs have gained popularity in recent years and the demand reflects how important our program is.”
All schools in the area received pamphlets just after Labor Day. And once each teacher receives the program info, they can contact the HCPR by email and request dates for field days. Book feels this is the best form of scheduling.
“To make things run as smooth as possible, and to keep a paper trail for accuracy, we request that all reservations be completed through email. We have the date they want, and if we cannot give them that date, we find alternatives. This way everyone is on the same page and all things can operate as planned.”
Does it always run as planned?
“We have had a few hiccups along, but we accommodate the best way possible and to avoid any issues in the future, we contact each teacher a week prior to their visit confirming their day,” said Book.
The enrichment program this year will start out with our Outdoor Adventures program from September 21-October 23rd. The kids will be able to do anything from walking on our enchanted nature trail to lifetime sports. Some of the topics are age appropriate.
Passports through Time, scheduled from November 16th through December 22nd, will celebrate the home life and creative history of Appalachia. It is noted that West Virginia is the only state that is completely within the area designated as Appalachia.
In the New Year, we have our “Seas & Skies” themed Walking with Dinosaurs exhibit, which we will once again open to the public. Book’s eyes light up when discussing the plans for the third enrichment.
“We just love how the program has evolved into what it is today. We have many new additions to this year’s program including a replica 65-foot Mosasaur, which was featured in the latest Jurassic World movie. And our newly purchased standing 3-D skeleton puzzles will keep the kids occupied for hours. We are really proud of what will be presented in February through April.”
“Bringing Outer Space to You” is our January themed enrichment program where we bring the program to your school. From Rocketry to our portable Star Lab, we will be able to travel to your school and provide our interactive activities, experiments and games. The program runs from January 6th through 28th.
And, as always, we will be available for “End of Year Events” where we travel to your school and help with field day events like games, contests, races and sports.