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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 CHS'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:

  • Bread Giveaway

    Every Tuesday at 9:15 am, donated bread from Freihofers, Lindsey's Country Store, and West End Bagels is given to Halfmoon Heights residents.

  • This is a new four-day camp for middle school students to explore volunteer opportunities and giving back to the community. Held from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm from August 7th-10th, there will be daily field trips and projects. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is open now; scroll down and click on the camp application below.

  • Enrichment Activities

    for children, these include crafts, art classes, field trips, movie nights, and sports programs

  • Family Assistance

    Available to Halfmoon Heights residents

  • HeadStart

    Operated by the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, this is a classroom for 3 and 4 year olds

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  • HSE Program (formerly GED)

    High School Equivalency classes, offered through a partnership with Capital Region BOCES, are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for students 17 and older.
    To join the HSE Class:
    1. Call Capital Region BOCES at 518-862-4707 to register
    2. Take the pre-test at the next available testing date.
    3. Join the following class after your test.

  • Income Tax Preparation (VITA)

    Offered January through April, people earning less than $54,000 can receive free Income Tax preparation

  • Stocked with children's books received through donations, this book exchange program promotes a loves of reading and a sense of community. Take a book; leave a book!

  • Parent Education

    On an as-needed basis, recent programs have included "Internet Safety: What Parents Need to Know," and "How to Help Your Child with Reading."

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  • Senior Citizen Gatherings

    For ages 55+, join us once a week for dessert, refreshments, lively conversation, and a game.

  • Splash Into Reading is a 5-week literacy program for Shen students going into K or 1st grades. Volunteers work with the students on letter recognition and writing, work recognition and small group reading. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4pm, from July 10-August 10, at Cheryl’s Lodge. For more information, call Cheryl’s Lodge at 373-8873.

  • For more information, visit the Get Help section of this website

  • Summer Youth Employment

    Funded by the Saratoga County Department of Employment and Training, this is a crew of youth who work in our Summer Meals and Peace Camp programs, learning job skills

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.