IRSD to offer community education courses for adults, youth

The Indian River School District will be hosting a number of community education courses in the winter/spring of 2014.

Programs for youth (advanced registration required) include:

• (New) Babysitting Course — Delaware Safety Counci, April 9-10, 4:30-7 p.m., $50, Southern Delaware School of the Arts, library. To familiarize and provide students ages 11 to 16 with basic skill training and information that is necessary in caring for infants and children, such as emergency action steps, personal safety, fire safety, infant care, basic first aid and choking management.

• Driver’s Education — Monday through Thursday, Feb. 3-6 and 10-13, 5-8 p.m., $525, Sussex Central High School, Room A164. Participants must be at least 15 years, 6 months old. This certified program will provide 30 classroom hours of instruction and seven classroom hours of driving and observation time. Private and home-schooled students should call (302) 732-1343 for more information. All students must be academically eligible to enter the class.

Other offerings for local youth (payment due on the first night of class) include:

• Nutrition & Fitness Class — Grades 2-5, Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, 3:15-4:15 p.m. $40, East Millsboro Elementary. A fun and exciting class to get your body moving while learning the basics of physical fitness and nutrition. Each class will incorporate a physical activity, along with a healthy snack. Students will learn how to make healthy eating choices and discover ways to keep physically fit.

• Basketball, Girls — Saturdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 22; Grades 1-3, 8:45 to 10 a.m.; Grades 4-6, 10-11:15 a.m.; $40, North Georgetown Elementary. These clinics will consist of a skills development and instructional session that will cover basketball basics, followed by weekly games.

For college-bound students, the IRSD will offer:

• Finding Money for College workshop — Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6-8 p.m., Sussex Central High School Auditorium. Free of charge. A college planning program for 8th- through 12th-grade students and their families, focusing on scholarships and financial aid.

• FAFSA Overview & Online Demonstration — Tuesday, Jan. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Indian River High School Library. Free of charge. A step-by-step walk through and overview of the online FAFSA form, to assist students and parents with the financial aid process.

Adult education courses (payment due on the first night of class) offered include:

• Aerobics, Step/Combo — Monday and Wednesdays, Feb. 19 through May 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $77 each, East Millsboro Elementary. This high-intensity, low-impact fat-burning workout is a combination of moves using step, dance and weights.

• Aerobics, Low/High — Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 6 through May 8, 4-5 p.m., $77 each, Lord Baltimore Elementary School. This class is a heart-pumping aerobics class with floor exercises that will shape all essential areas and help you get the results you want.

• Slimnastics — Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through March 26, 7-8 p.m., $66.50 each; or April 28 through May 28, 7-8 p.m., $31.50 each; Long Neck Elementary. This course will focus on toning the body through exercise with physical and cardiovascular benefits. Wear comfortable, movable clothing and bring a mat.

• (New) Tabata, Total Body Conditioning — Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through April 8, 5:15-6:15 p.m., $42 each, Lord Baltimore Elementary. This course is a form of high-intensity interval training intermixed with total body exercises, to include, but not limited to, arms, legs, abs and core exercises. Wear comfortable, movable clothing and bring a mat.

• (New) Extreme Couponing — Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m., $25 each, George Washington Carver Education Center. Would you like to learn how to drastically cut your spending on everyday items, but aren’t sure where to start? Sign up for this crash course in couponing and learn easy techniques to save money and stretch your budget.

• Fishing 101 — Tuesdays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m., $10 each, Long Neck Elementary. This course is for anyone interested in fishing — novices and experts are both welcomed. Topics covered include the basics of freshwater and saltwater fishing, including tying knots, rigs, techniques, maintenance and more.

• Self-Defense & Karate — Tuesdays, March 19 through June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $60 each, John M. Clayton Elementary. If you’re ready to take charge of your health, get in shape and learn valuable self-defense skills, then this is the class for you. Learn how to develop better balance, control and grace in movement. Loose clothing is required.

• Volleyball, Recreational —Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through March 12, 7-9 p.m., $40 each, Millsboro Middle School. Adult recreational co-ed volleyball.

• Volleyball, Women 40+ — Thursdays, Jan. 30 through April 17, 7-9 p.m., $48 each, Millsboro Middle School. This class is for the more advanced volleyball player and for women 40 or older looking for more competitive play.

• (New) Healthcare Awareness Workshops — Monday, Feb. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., or Monday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m., G.W. Carver, Room A117, free of charge. Do you need help navigating the new healthcare coverage system? This workshop will cover all of the options available to you through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace so you can compare your options and choose the coverage that best suits your needs. Come find out if you can reduce your monthly premiums for private insurance plans or see if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs.

• (New) Flagger Certification — Thursday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $75 each, G.W. Carver Education Center, Conference Room A117. This is the ATSSA Flagger Certification course required for personnel who are involved with traffic control safety in highway work zones. Certification is valid for four years. The cost includes student materials and certification card. Registration and pre-payment is required.

• (New) Boating Safety Course — For students and adults, Friday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $35 each G.W. Carver, Room A117. The Delaware Safety Council offers the official DNREC-approved Boating Safety Course. This classroom course complies with Delaware Law that states that everyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1978, must take the Safe Boating Course to legally operate a boat. Registration and pre-payment is required.

• Mentor Orientation — Jan. 15, 1-4 p.m.; Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 20, 1 to 4 p.m.; March 13, 9 a.m. to noon; March 28, 1 to 4 p.m.; April 9, 9 a.m. to noon, G.W. Carver Education Center, Room A117, free of charge. Make a difference in the life of a child by signing up to be a mentor. Mentors spend one hour per week providing guidance and support to their mentee in the school setting. This will cover the Creative Mentoring process and skills essential to successful mentoring relationships.

For additional program details and registration forms, visit, click on “Discover IRSD” tab, then on “Adult & Community Education,” or call (302) 732-1343 for more information after Jan. 2.