VMAC sponsors programs in collaboration with the Board of Education, Verona Community Center, Recreation Department and the Verona Police Department on topics of interest to our community. These topics have included internet safety, Verona’s drug/alcohol policy, family management, and school-based issues. We welcome suggestions for future programs from the community to meet changing needs.
FAIR IN THE SQUARE
Each year VMAC participates in the FAIR IN THE SQUARE, providing literature and making stress balls with children and adults alike. Literature on a variety of topics dealing with drug/alcohol prevention, making healthy choices for all ages and bullying are available to the community at the Verona Community Center, Town Hall and the Verona Public Library as well as school libraries.
In addition, VMAC sponsors the following ongoing programs:
Coach Certification Training is provided by the Verona Recreation Department for all coaches of Township Teams. The trainer is certified by the Rutgers Youth Sports Research Council which focuses on sportsmanship, safety and healthy athletics. Contact: Jim Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Night began in 2003 as a “Scheduled Night to be Free of Schedules.” With the support of the Board of Education, Town Council, Recreation Department and OLL, VMAC schedules two family nights during the school year (one in March and one in October). As of 4pm on each Family Night, all meetings and activities are suspended so that families will not be interrupted. That means there are no VCC programs, school athletics or town meetings. Verona students also have a night free of homework. It’s a simple reminder of the importance of family time. Local restaurants and delis offer special family discounts for these nights.
Seniors In conjunction with Verona Senior Citizens VMAC sponsors senior programs on exercise, wellness and other health-related issues throughout the year. In 2009, VMAC brought the national award-winning program WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education) to Verona.
Verona Ropes Course and Adventure Program was built with contributions from VMAC and consists of low and high challenge ropes course elements. There is an outdoor course located on twelve wooded acres off of Hillwood Terrace and an indoor course in the gym at the Verona Recreation Center. The course and trained facilitators are available for rental to groups looking to develop in areas of teamwork, communication, problem solving, trust and positive risk taking. The mission of The Verona Ropes Course is to create new friendships and teamwork abilities, increase self-confidence, and work on problem solving skills, through the use of low and high elements as well as various adventure activities. For more information contact Steven Neale at the Verona Recreation Department .
Essex County Fishing Derby Each spring, the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts fishing derbies at seven Essex County parks. The derbies are open to children 15 and under with no entry fee. For the past few years, VMAC has co-sponsored the derby held at Verona Park, providing fishing poles, tackle boxes and other items are derby prizes.
Verona Summer Concert Series VMAC also co-sponsors one of the concerts in the Verona Summer Concert Series, providing literature about our programs as well as other giveaways.