Mooncrest Programs for Children
The After-School Program is open to students in grades K-8 and provides an environment that is non-denominational and faith-based, safe, comfortable, and secure away from home; where students learn, share, and respect themselves and others, enhance a good self-image, develop mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and have fun besides.
The program operates daily throughout the school year allowing children to complete their homework, develop social skills, improve study habits, enjoy experiences with arts and crafts, drama, music, technology, and interact in play. The Community Center provides ample outdoor space for organized play including a basketball court, deck area, swing set and additional equipment.
Included are monthly field trips to various venues such as sporting events and activities at nearby Robert Morris University, swimming at the Sewickley YMCA, theater performances at Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School, horseback riding, hay rides and fishing at Youthtowne. These outings provide learning experiences for children who may not otherwise have those opportunitues. These experiences carry over to the school classroom and enable the children to discuss and write about these special trips.
The After School Program is also home to a literacy program for grades 1 to 3 to strengthen reading skills, a Life Skills program focusing on emotionally, physically and spiritually healthy life choices for students in grades 3 and up and the Mooncrest Community Garden nutrition and fitness program.
The Helper Program encourages students in grades 6-8 to stay connected to the Mooncrest Ministry. Middle School Helpers are able to get help with their own homework and spend time helping the younger students with homework. As high school students, they can continue to gain valuable work experience by volunteering at the After School Program and then consider combining part-time employment with local college attendance once they graduate from high school.
The staff for this program includes Felician Sisters, lay personnel and volunteers from Moon High School, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and local Churches. Other volunteers include student-teachers from Robert Morris University, retired teachers, engineers and doctors and residents from the Mooncrest neighborhood.
For students in grades 1 through 7, the Summer program is a follow-up to the Mooncrest After-School Program. Throughout the summer, the children attend various camps. These include several days at Youthtowne, where they participate in fishing, horseback riding, go-carting, organized games, arts and crafts, and nature walks. Camp at Gilmary Center offers various outdoor sports. Summer also includes Art Camp, presented by Sweetwater Center for the Arts, and Music Camp, where students work with professional musicians to learn drums, harps, vocals and performance skills. Music Camp concludes with a concert open to the community. Summer Garden Camp gives children an opportunity to explore and respect nature and provides the added benefit of nutritious home grown vegetables to take home and share with families. All camps include lessons in team building, respect and kindness as well as having fun!
Free USDA summer lunch is available weekdays at Mooncrest Neighborhood Center for children through age 18. The lunch program is sponsored in part by this Mooncrest Felician Ministry and Moon Township Police Department. After lunch children have an opportunity to read to staff and volunteers and earn points for prizes in the Moon Township sponsored summer reading program.