IMPACT: Middle School at the COMO
In its fourth year, our afterschool IMPACT program provides middle school students with the tools to succeed and grow. Middle schoolers benefit from a mix of social time and structured activities, so each IMPACT afternoon features free time, homework time, physical activity time, and special group or individualized projects. Our students have access to the entire COMO Campus, including the children’s garden, our pottery and art studio, our soccer fields, and even our paddle tennis courts! Our youth-centered environment inspires our students to build social ties, foster community responsibility, and develop their individual interests all while having time for homework! Our engaging and qualified staff, joined by COMO Junior Leaders, interact with and mentor these bright young minds.
"My two children, now a Stonington High School freshman and a seventh grader at Mystic Middle School, have been enrolled in programs at the COMO beginning with Kinderfun and Summer Camp, through before and after care at both the COMO and Deans Mill School, onto IMPACT in middle school, and both will be part of the Junior Leadership Program this summer. The COMO staff is the one thing that keeps us coming back to the COMO year after year. On some days, my kids have spent more time with their COMO teachers than with me, and it’s crucial for me to know that my children are with qualified individuals that foster a safe environment while still managing to make it fun! There have been times my kids have complained when I pick them up because they are having such a good time and don’t want to leave! The COMO is not your average daycare – they seek out and hire talented, caring people. As a working parent, I don’t know what I would have done without the COMO over the past ten years. Thank you!" -Merilee Paoloni, March 2016