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Summer Enrichment Welcome 2022


Hello parents! I hope you are having a wonderful week and looking forward to our first day on Monday, June 27th!

This is an example of the weekly “newsletter” you will receive from me throughout the program. After this initial email blast, I will be converting to posting all weekly updates on our blog. Please subscribe if you haven’t already, and you will receive email notifications when new posts are made!

This one is a bit on the long side ;-) I apologize, but it includes a lot of key information to give you an idea of all upcoming activities and events this summer! Much of the information will be included at the bottom of every weekly newsletter to keep important reminders up to date!

Please note that this newsletter is separated into the following categories:

  • Personnel

  • First Day Protocol

  • Volunteer Lunch (if applicable to your student)

  • Scripts

  • Fundraisers

  • Important Notes

  • Theme Thursdays (Elementary)

  • Important Dates

  • Important Links

  • Important Names

Thank you very much!


Jenny Cort ( - Program Coordinator

Jenny is our head honcho and overseer of the program. Her mother, Debbie Little, founded Summer Enrichment in 1988 (read more about our history here.) She communicates with Youth Assistance on our behalf, and handles the background mechanics that keep the program running. As this role is time-consuming, she is only present with us during program hours for a couple days per summer. Any questions regarding the inner-workings of our organization, payments, and overall board-related issues can be directed to her.

Marcie Kryka ( - Program Director

Marcie (that’s me!) is the direct supervisor and point person for both the Elementary

and Mid-High sessions. I am present during program hours daily to oversee activities, make schedules, manage staff and student concerns, and communicate with parents. If you have any questions regarding the program’s day-to-day activities, I am the person you will reach out to.

Program Staff/Activity Leaders

Our staff is who keep the activities and fun rolling! These individuals will be in charge of running activities, writing scripts, and directing shows. They are the people your students will have the most interaction with this summer. There may be some names you recognize, and there may be some new faces! These are the folks you will talk to before/after your student’s session if you have questions about scripts, costumes, etc.

Joey Abate (3rd Grade / Activities Leader)

Ayana Ihara (1st/2nd Grade / Activities Leader)

Ben Machesky (4th Grade & Mid-High / Theatre 101)

Grace Mosher (Elementary & Mid-High / Music)

Ethan Ponsock (4th Grade & Mid-High / Sign Language)

Cooper Schultz (5th Grade & Mid-High / Theatre 101)

Miranda Stepchuk (1st/2nd Grade & Mid-High / Dance)

Jake Werner (3rd Grade & Mid-High / Music)

Hannah Willett (5th Grade & Mid-High / Music)

You can find more information about our amazing staff at the following links:



(Left to right: Joey Abate, Ethan Ponsock, Jake Werner, Hannah Willett, Ben Machesky, Cooper Schultz, Grace Mosher, Ayana Ihara, Miranda Stepchuk)


If you are new to the program (or need a memory refresher), this is how the first day works.

You will report to Door #8 at Centennial Middle School (62500 Nine Mile Road), and we will have staff outside and inside the building to direct you to where you need to go.

Elementary Students

Many parents opt to stay for the first few minutes to hear our introductions to the program. You may do that if you wish, but it is not required.

After introductions, we will do a roll call of sorts to tell your student who their teachers will be for the summer. Then they will split up and go to their individual classrooms to get to know their teachers and hear about their classroom rules and plans!