New England Tutors Partners with ROOTS
New before and after school care rooted in nature-based experiences is now open.
“There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.” – Author Unknown
Picture kids engaged in activities in a heated outdoor Yurt, growing food and serving up their own garden-to-table meals, playing critical thinking games, exploring an expansive natural playground, hiking, doing their schoolwork and more. Sounds refreshing after the past year, doesn’t it? This is just part of the ROOTS environment where young minds can relax, explore, collaborate and build friendships while also learning and cultivating their mental and physical well-being.
New England Tutors is pleased to announce that it is partnering with ROOTS, a unique community-focused before- and after-school care program with an additional daytime care option for students who are remote learning because of school closures due to COVID.
ROOTS will open on Monday, January 4th and is accepting students age 6 to 14 (grades 1 through 8) who are attending the Barrington School District or live in the surrounding towns. ROOTS is located next to the BVS Family and Child Enrichment Center, LLC, 41 Commerce Way in Barrington, NH.
We are offering families at ROOTS back-to-nature adventures and educational experiences. Our home-away-from-home gives these kids a chance to relax and enjoy the outdoors while they experience the joy of community and working together. They’ll learn how to plant and tend to gardens and will cook meals and snacks from the food they grow. We’ll also balance these experience with activities that support their physical and mental well-being, including Yoga,” said Donna Massucci, owner of BVS Family and Child Enrichment Center, LLC and ROOTS. “At the same time, they will have the support of ROOTS staff as well as educators from New England Tutors who understand their strengths and weaknesses and will empower them with the tools they need to enjoy their schoolwork and homework instead of fearing it.”
ROOTS staff, which includes high school and college students, will provide general homework and remote learning support. Certified professional tutors from New England Tutors will be available to help those who would benefit from special needs services and/or greater guidance in any of the general subjects, study skills and executive skills.
We are extremely excited to partner with Donna to make this innovative idea a reality, especially during these difficult times,” said Allison Neal, founder of New England Tutors. “The founding principles of ROOTS are near and dear to my heart. This program creates a fun, supportive community that emphasizes the importance of being connected to our environment and one another. Children have experienced a lot in the past year and they are craving new experiences. At ROOTS they can discover new interests and learn more in areas they enjoy. They’ll also have time with our certified tutors who can help them navigate their personal learning journey and provide the appropriate support to foster their educational growth.”
Meet the Team
Anna Muskopf – ROOTS Program Co-Director
Anna joins ROOTS with many years of experience working with newborns to 18-year-olds in both outdoor and indoor settings. She earned her B.S. in Adventure Therapy and has worked as a Wilderness Therapy Guide in the White Mountains as well as a Youth and Family Counselor in Residential Care in Maine. Along with her ecstatic energy and compassion for working with children, Anna also loves hands-on outdoor adventures including kayaking, hiking, swimming and traveling.
Wesley “Wes” Demers – ROOTS Program Co-Director
Wes is currently a junior at UNH working towards his Bachelor’s in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. His interests including playing music, writing, cooking and any outdoor activities. His involvement with the Alton Conservation Commission reflects the value he places on community involvement in conservation efforts. He also appreciates the importance of art and nature in improving physical, mental and emotional health.
Kira NealBurk – ROOTS Peer Coordinator
Kira is a senior attending Coe-Brown Northwood Academy whose accomplishments include, four years varsity tennis team participant, peer math and writing center tutor and a Harvard Book Award recipient. Kira’s passions include sustainability, farm-to-table cooking, hiking, math/science/writing and critical thinking games.
Amelia Taggart – ROOTS Peer Coordinator
Amelia is a senior at Exeter High School who enjoys running, swimming and exploring nature. She plans on studying aquatic veterinary science in college. Amelia is excited to be part of the ROOTS experience where she can enlighten young minds about our environment.
Fostering Discovery, Adventure and Experience
At ROOTS, discovery is one of the core concepts. Everything about the program is geared to help students get “back to the basics” of nature and discovery.
“We want them to discover new things they are interested in, and then be able to apply their learning to other concepts inside of school and in their everyday lives,” said Anna Muskopf, Roots Program Co-Director. “There are many benefits in using adventure activities and nature to help emotional and social learning. These experiences take students out of their comfort zones and push them to try something they wouldn’t typically do. They also integrate physical, mental and emotional challenges that can be easily applied to everyday life.”
At ROOTS they will be using teamwork when gardening, applying group problem solving skills while playing winter games in the heated Yurt, testing their critical thinking for puzzles, and using group communication skills to build a safety shelter or cook together. Plus, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to care for animals and engage in environmental stewardship projects.
“This basic knowledge of leadership skills, cooperation, teamwork, communication and perseverance increases student’s confidence and self-esteem while helping them to build meaningful relationships,” added Anna.
Hours of Operation and Registration
ROOTS is managed by Donna Massucci, the owner/operator of BVS Family and Child Enrichment Center, LLC. The ROOTS program follows the traditional 36-week school calendar. A 10-week summer camp program will also be offered and will provide an even deeper exploration into the activities while also offering field trip adventures.
ROOTS offers rolling registrations depending on availability. Registration is confirmed once a deposit of the first and last week is received. Once the program is full, your name will be added to a waiting list and you will be called in the order of the date of your request.
Before- and After-School Care Program
Monday through Friday
Morning program/Drop-off: 7 am to 8 am
Afternoon program/Pick-up: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
For students attending school in-person, the bus will pick up and drop off from Roots at the BVS Family and Child Enrichment Center, LLC.
All-Day Class Support for Students whose Schools are Remote Learning Due to COVID
Program runs from 8 am to 2:30 pm with the option to participate in the before- and after-school care program.
ROOTS will open on Monday, January 4th for before- and after-school care AND daytime remote learning class support/care. For more information, including pricing and registration, please call (603) 905-9010 or email ROOTS@metrocast.net.
Safety Measures at ROOTS during COVID-19:
ROOTS is part of the BVS Family and Child Enrichment Center, LLC, which has been a model for safe care measures during COVID-19. These same best practices will also be part of the ROOTS routine and include a Pick-Up Patrol program where everyone answers a series of questions every morning before attending the care program. In circumstances where a child does not attend for a day, ROOTS will work directly with the family to determine the appropriate plan for returning to the program. In addition, built-in scanners at the ROOTS entryway will screen for temperatures and automatically notify the ROOTS team and that individual if they have a temperature of 100.4. Masks, frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing are all part of the regular routine.