FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TOWN TO PROVIDE YOUTH PROGRAMMING AT FORMER THOMAS JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
February 13, 2019
The Town of Tonawanda Board and the Ken-Ton School Board both passed an agreement at their respective meetings this week to initiate rental of the former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, which closed a number of years ago due to the district’s consolidation, to use for youth programs. The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation Department, which currently operates a Kids Club school year program and a summer camp at the Kenmore Community Center, has been exploring alternate locations so they can better serve more families.
“There are about 100 kids who come to the Kenmore Youth Center, and because we are limited on space, sometimes we have to turn people away. So we have been looking for a location that cannot only hold more people, but that also has a gymnasium,” says Dan Crangle, Councilman and Chairman of the Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee.
Jefferson features an auditorium, cafeteria, and gymnasium, as well as many classrooms, and would allow the programs to offer more specialized programs and take more children. The Kids Club program will be moving from its current location to Jefferson beginning Monday, March 4.
“We are so excited for all of the possibilities this new facility will allow us,” said Nicole Fields, Recreation Coordinator, who oversees these programs.
Jefferson, located at 250 Athens Boulevard, is near Lincoln Park and the Rails to Trails path, which will allow kids participating in the programs to utilize those amenities.
Superintendent Mark Campanella, Sr. says, “We will be looking into other programming we can offer at this facility; preschool playgroups, open gym sessions, family fun nights, pickle ball, and so much more.”