Improve Your Health in 2015


The Winter/Spring session of St. Charles Adult and Community Education includes a range of fitness and wellness courses that will help energize your life.

Students can take 10 percent off the cost of tuition thru Jan. 4 when they register online at Discount does not include supply fees or the cost of books.

Check out our line up of health and fitness classes for winter/spring 2015:

Raw Food “Uncooking”: Discover benefits of eating raw, live food!

Making Meatless Meals: Add meat-free meals to your menu to reduce costs and improve your health.

Yoga for Body and Mind: This new class combines Hatha Yoga and mindful breathing practices to create peace in mind and body.

Classical Restorative Yoga: Yoga teaches the art of self improvement, the benefits of good health and increased energy.

Beginner Hatha Yoga: Learn postures, known as asanas, that will help you align muscles, skin and bones to create more balance and flexibility.

Intermediate Yoga: This class builds on Hatha Yoga to offer increased body awareness and explore complex poses, including balancing poses.

Low-Impact Aerobics: Improve fitness, increase flexibility, gain strength and have fun in this engaging class.

Weight Management

Instructor Katie Nowikow is back with a new course this spring, “It’s My Fault I’m Fat,” which will shed light on the personal responsibility each of us have for our health and weight. Nowikow examines the forces at work that influence our habits, food choices, and more. You’ll learn to differentiate personal responsibility from outside factors to make changes in your routine and achieve lasting results. Offered on 5/5.

Bittersweet: How Sugar Makes us Fat
Don’t Diet, Just Eat

Winter/Spring 2015 St. Charles Adult & Community Education Course Schedule


Keep a look out for the Winter/Spring edition of our course catalog, which should hit mailboxes in late December. Registration opens online on Dec. 19 and you can receive a 10 percent discount on course registration if you enroll through Jan. 4.




Project Read and Reach Celebrates Afterschool Programs with Fall Festivals


See full gallery of photos from the event on the PRR website.

Kids and parents partnered to make spooky paper spiders, decorate cookies and pin the bow tie on the skeleton at two recent Lights on Afterschool fall festivals aimed at celebrating afterschool programming.

Project Read and Reach, the district’s afterschool program for children in kindergarten through 4th grade, organized the fun for families who participate in the programs at Lincoln and Blackhurst Elementary Schools on Oct. 15 and 22.

Each October since 2000, the Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights on Afterschool events to highlight the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs.

More than 30 community volunteers from St. Charles National Honor Society, OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits and the greater community volunteered to help make the two fall festivals a success. More than 40 families attended and participated in Halloween-themed activities including arts and crafts, face painting and carnival games.

The Optimist Club of St. Charles sponsored the event.

“The goal was just to bring families together,” said Chrissy Fitzpatrick, Project Read and Reach Coordinator. “We wanted to draw attention to the many ways PRR supports students and their families by providing a fun night for the entire family.”

Afterschool programs, like Project Read and Reach, provide students with a safe place to go after the school day ends, inspire kids to learn and relieve the worries of working parents.

Project Read and Reach serves about 70 students in the St. Charles District, 22 percent of which qualify for a discount based on family income. PRR is funded through tuition as well as state grants.

“After school programs provide a valuable extension to a child’s school day,” District Superintendent Jeff Marion said. “Many students need more academic support than can be provided during the regular school day and Project Read and Reach bridges that gap. We are so fortunate to have quality afterschool programming that is both fun and meaningful.”