In the fall of 2017, The Cooperage Project began offering a Pop Up Club for Middle School age students at Wayne Highlands School District. The after-school program provides a wide range of activities in and around the community, conquering topics from coding and robotics to pizza making at a local restaurant.
Adventures & Interests
The youngsters help formulate their own adventures, helping to engage their interest in the various subjects be they academic or mundane. The effort has been a great success, and the Wallenpaupack Area School District has expressed an interest in expanding the club to serve that population as well.
The Cooperage Project recently received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to support the free after-school program that puts an emphasis on STEAM subjects. The grant allowed the Pop Up Club to expand to three days a week come fall.
Pennsylvania Statewide After school/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) honored Arrah Fisher, as an After school Champion in the category of Quality for outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high-quality after school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania.
The awards took place on March 14, 2019 during PSAYDN’s annual reception, which brought together elected officials, program providers, youth, faith-based leaders, parents and business leaders from across the commonwealth to emphasize the importance of after school programs in the state.
Fun, Engaging Safe Space
Arrah works every day to provide a fun, engaging, safe space for middle school students to learn something new, make friends and challenge themselves during The Cooperage Project’s Pop-Up Club, a free STEAM-focused afterschool program for students from Wayne Highlands Middle School as well as cyber and home school students.
This program has grown from just once a week to a three-day a week program that is an integral part of the middle school students’ lives. They look forward to seeing Arrah at Pop-Up Club and are eager to learn each day when they come to the club after school.
Embodying the Mission
Arrah is dedicated to providing high quality experiences that embody the mission of The Cooperage Project to embrace diversity and celebrate shared experiences. She brings her varied background and perspective to the program that seeks to provide unique real-world learning experiences to her community’s youth.