Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
As DJ Mike, kept the music spinning at the “Club MAX” Carnival Aug.10 on the grounds of Shelter Rock Elementary School, Roni Jacobson, director, referred to M.A.X. as “a perfect little program, a treasure tucked away in the Manhasset community.”
She should know as this is her 18th year with the Manhasset Afterschool Xperience, Inc. which is held in both elementary schools. Jacobson ws originally hired to work for M.A.X. at Munsey Park Elementary School and thought she would be there for just one year. She taught the M.A.X. classes and then became director. Jacobson explained “it is a manageable program where homework is the priority during the school year, fun is the focus in the summer.”
Jacobson said she also works full-time as director of an assisted living facility, but added, “M.A.X. is my love.”
At the winter program, they recognize parents have difficult schedules, and they strive to support them by giving them the knowledge that their children are in good hands. M.A.X. offers students grades K-6 healthy snacks and homework time, as well as, a choice of arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and games.
At Club M.A.X. in the early morning, there is one hour reading and younger children look at picture books. “It works well and is important,” the director said,”all the students have summer reading.” Jacobson said she supervises, but it’s the teachers who make the program the success it is. Most of my teachers have been on board for the past four to five years.
The M.A.X. program is tuition based and there are many seasonal options. The program is non-profit and tuition charged offsets teacher salaries, transportation, administration salaries, snacks and supplies.
In 1985, Manhasset residents recognized the need for a safe, self-enriching and fun program for afterschool hours. Together they worked to create and design a club-like environment for their children that program is M.A.X. - the Manhasset Afterschool Xperience, Inc. and today according to their website:
M.A.X. is one of the first 10 registered pograms in Nassau County.
M.A.X. is recognized as an outstanding program by Nassau County, The New York State Assemby, the Town of North Hempstead, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
M.A.X. is licensed by New York State.
M.A.X. is a member of the Nassau County Child Care Council.