Andover DCS Early Release Day Fun For Kids

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There’s nothing better to kids than a half day of school. Unless that half day includes fun programs run by Andover DCS!


This Winter/Spring DCS is offering three sewing workshops and one babysitting course during the four early release days that the Andover School System has in place.


The first three workshops are all part of the “Make it SEW Yours Workshop” series during which kids will spend two-hours (1:30-3:30 pm) hand-stitching and trimming special sewing projects. These projects will all be unique to each child’s specifications. There is no experience necessary, and each workshop will have a different focus.


To kick off the fun on Friday, January 29th, the group will make a pair of fleece mittens and a scarf. On Friday, March 11th each registered participant will make a personalized banner to take home, and finally on Friday, May 13th the kids will design a t-shirt in the program. All three workshops are taught by Carrie Midura, of Carrie & Fitz Sewing, who has been sewing professionally and as hobby for 25+ years and has taught sewing classes throughout New England.


If that’s not enough sewing fun for your kids, DCS is also offering two extended sewing programs for kids that run weekly. The first is a “Learn to Sew!” beginner course that runs for 4 weeks and will focus on the basics of operating a sewing machine will working on special projects. The second course is “Learn to Sew Together”, a beginner sewing program for parent & child(ren). In this program, both parent and child will learn the basics of sewing while creating a matching pair of pajama pants.


To close out the Early Release Day Workshop options, DCS is offering their popular “Safe Babysitting” workshop on Friday, June 3rd. This program will run from 12:30-6:30 pm and will give participants all the instruction they need to perform basic first aid, perform choke-saving procedures, handle fire & safety emergencies, and diaper changing & washing procedures. In addition, age appropriate activities will be offered to allow kids to be a well-rounded babysitter upon completion of the course.


Safe Babysitting is also being offered once over February Vacation week and once over April Vacation week as a one-day workshop on February 17th (10:00 am-4:00 pm) and April 19th (10:00 am-4:00 pm).


All these programs require pre-registration and space is limited. Program & registration information can be found at or by calling 978-623-8274.

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