Today, the Firehouse’s main assembly room is clear of the backpacks, tie-dyed T-shirts and water bottles that lined its walls for 11 sessions of summer camp. Classrooms and offices have been reset and restructured and administrators, new and old, are ready to embark on an exciting fall season.
Rebecca Yudkoff, program director, joined the Hill House team in August after receiving a master’s in early childhood education from the University of British Columbia. During her four years in Vancouver, Yudkoff also ran the children’s recreational programs, preschool and summer camps for The Arbutus Club, a private recreation center for families. Yudkoff taught kindergarten for six years in the Boston area and is excited to combine her experiences in education and administration as a member of the Hill House team. She has been at work staffing programs, new and old, and her outlook promises improved structure and quality.
One exciting piece of programmatic news: Hill House welcomes dance instructor Jennifer Kuhnberg. She will instruct hip-hop classes on Wednesdays and Fridays and introduce Hill House’s first-ever jazz classes. Kuhnberg is the founder and executive director of a non-profit organization, OnStage Dance Company, and teaches year-round at a dance studio in Watertown.
An improvement in the Hill House athletic world: soccer players, ages 5 through 6, will take part in a redeveloped bi-weekly clinic. Rather than play games on Saturday mornings, 6 and under soccer players will spend additional time building skills and learning the rules and regulations necessary for a successful transition into competitive play.
Hill House will kick-off fall classes and athletics on Monday, Sept. 10. Registration remains open and Hill House administrators welcome any questions in regards to readiness or general program information.
On Sunday Sept. 16, in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Block Party, Hill House will host its Annual Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. This event is free and open to all. Following the breakfast, neighbors are invited to browse through gently used athletic equipment at Hill House’s first athletic tag sale. More information about these events is available at www.hillhouseboston.org.