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When an elementary student was chosen as Student-of-the-Week at school, it was brought to the attention of Cheryl's Lodge that this student did not have the ability to make a poster about herself to celebrate the honor. The Cheryl's Lodge staff stepped in to make her a poster full of photos and stories.

BECAUSE OF YOU, a child was able to fully participate in her class and be honored with respect and dignity.

Cheryl’s Lodge, CAPTAIN's Community Outreach Center in Halfmoon Heights, offers programming for children, families, and seniors. You can view this month's Calendar of Events below.

Activities and services include:

After School Programming/Homework Help

In an effort to help our community’s less privileged youth compete in today’s academic world, Cheryl’s Lodge consistently offers unique extra-curricular activities and educational support. When positive relationships with teachers are formed outside of the traditional school environment, grades improve, dropout decreases and the participants are able to see themselves as potential success stories.

During the school year, a four-day-a-week Homework Help program for grades K-12 is made possible through the efforts of 45 caring and dedicated volunteers. The program operates Mondays - Thursdays from 2:35pm – 3:45pm for elementary students, from 4:00pm – 5:00pm for middle school; and 5:00pm – 6:30pm for high school students, plus a teen drop-in from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Students have access to educational resources, weekly craft projects, and a computer lab. “Go Getter” parties recognize academic achievement for elementary age students.

Teens Reaching Heights is a program designed for Middle and High School students, offering the opportunity to participate in “What’s Cookin" – a dinner program for teens on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm -- and on a Newspaper Club, which creates a community newspaper.

All Shenendehowa students are eligible to participate in these free programs.



Peace Camp is an intensive, three-week summer day camp located at Cheryl’s Lodge, uniquely designed for elementary school children who are experiencing behavior problems at home and school. Through the use of drama, arts, music, and recreation, youth are taught peaceful, effective communication skills to help them more appropriately deal with difficult situations.

Peace Camp uses a variety of learning opportunities to impart skill development in areas such as: conflict resolution, team-work, cooperation, problem solving, social appropriateness, communication, and anger management. Peace Camp also requires parents to participate in camp activities to ensure that the family is also learning peaceful communication skills together. Peace Camp serves approximately 40 campers each year, free of charge.

All Shenendehowa students are eligible to participate in these free programs.


High School Equivalency Classes (formally GED)

Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for students 17 and older.
To join the HSE Class:
     1. Call Capital Region BOCES at 518-862-4775 to register 
     2. Take the pre-test at the next available testing date.
     3. Join the following class after your test.