Brashear after school programs kicking off for the summer


As the school year comes to an end, The Brashear Association's Education Department looks forward to its many exciting summer programs.

Brashear will kick off its busy summer with a new partnership with Lighthouse Cathedral in Mount Oliver. Lighthouse Cathedral serves approximately 100 children throughout the summer between the ages of 4 and 14.

During the week of June 21, Brashear staff will be working as guest instructors at the Cathedral's summer camp. As guest instructors, staff members will teach cultural enrichment lessons, each day highlighting a different culture from around the world.

Brashear will reunite with Lighthouse Cathedral during the week of August 9 to launch its Discover Pittsburgh program. Discover Pittsburgh is a series of field trips to different cultural events and establishments intended to introduce children from South Pittsburgh to the many cultural opportunities that make up our city.

Discover South Side, a program run in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools summer school session at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, begins July 12 and runs to August 6. It is designed to allow students from South Pittsburgh to explore local landmarks and businesses to increase awareness about the many community assets present on South Side.

Each day, staff from Brashear's Education Department will accompany a group of students from Pittsburgh Phillips to a different South Side destination for a tour and short activity. In the past, this program has included trips to local eateries, the neighborhood fire station, and various specialty businesses along the East Carson Street corridor.

Also from July 12 to August 6, Brashear will hold its Allentown Extended Day Camp at Hill Top United Methodist Church. The program will run from 2:45-4:45 p.m., Monday to Friday. All students at Grandview Elementary entering second and third grade are welcome to participate in the program. Returning students entering grades 4 and 5 will serve as peer mentors this summer. All students will have the opportunity to learn about gardening, culture, science, art and more.

During the month of August, Brashear will be working with preschool children and their families through a new partnership with Hilltop Family Care Connections. In conjunction with Beginning with Books, a Pittsburgh agency promoting childhood literacy, Brashear and Family Care Connections are able to provide participating families with an hour of family reading, family-oriented enrichment activities, as well as a take-home copy of a different pre-selected children's book each week.

For more information or to register a child for any of the above programs, contact Mari Dumbaugh, Education Coordinator, at 412-431-2236 or mdumbaugh@brashear


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