Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs
The Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs, operated by the Felician Sisters, focuses on actively revitalizing a 395-unit complex, home to nearly 700 people in Moon Township, near Pittsburgh.

Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs

See below for a description of each Program offered to participants.
Students in grades 1 through 6

The After-School Program provides an environment that is non-denominational and faith-based, safe, comfortable, and secure away from home; where students learn, share, and respect themselves and others, enhance a good self-image, develop mentally, socially, emotionally, physically, and have fun besides.

The program operates daily throughout the school year allowing children to complete their homework, develop social skills, improve study habits, enjoy experiences with arts and crafts, drama, music, technology, and interact in play. The Community Center provides ample outdoor space for organized play including a basketball court, deck area, swing set and additional equipment.

Included are monthly field trips to various venues such as baseball games, the zoo, horseback riding and children’s plays. These outings provide learning experiences for children whom may not otherwise have the opportunity in which to participate. These experiences carry over to the school classroom and enable the children to discuss and write about these special trips.

The staff for this program includes Felician Sisters, lay personnel and volunteers from Moon High School and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School. Other volunteers include student-teachers from Robert Morris University, retired teachers, engineers and doctors, and residents from the Mooncrest neighborhood.
Children ages 3 through 5

Each Tuesday morning, children gather for an engaging hour listening to award winning stories. The program emphasizes the importance of reading at an early age. To encourage young readers, children have the opportunity to receive a book a week to build their own library at home. Guest story-tellers have been invited for holidays and special events. The books have been donated by Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books and community book fairs which support our ministry.
Students in grades 1 through 6

The Summer program is a follow-up to the Mooncrest After-School Program. During these seven weeks, the children attend various camps. These include a five-day camp at Youthtowne, where they participate in fishing, horseback riding, go-carting, organized games, arts and crafts, and nature walks. A oneweek camp is held at Gilmary Center offering swimming and various outdoor sports. The children also participate in Peace Camp held at the Father Ryan Arts Center -- activities include dance, visual arts, drumming, drama and creative play. Also offered throughout the seven week program are artistic sessions from the Sweetwater Center for the Arts, music therapy with the use of harpsichords and drums provided by professional music teachers and of course, outdoor play-time. All of these activities provide lessons in teambuilding, respect as well as fun!
Students in grades 7 through 9

Each Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., students are tutored by retired teachers and engineers who help with homework and various school projects. The homework club, not only provides additional opportunities for learning, but is also a safe alternative to keeping kids off the streets.
Children and Adults

A Pasta Dinner, prepared by the Felician Sisters, is provided to the Mooncrest Neighborhood every last Wednesday of the month. We joyfully serve between 80-120 children and adults from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Take out also available.

Each Wednesday morning, from 10 a.m. until Noon, residents of Moon Township gather for a fun game of Pokeno. This Social has been a success since its inception four years ago bringing a neighborhood together. Prizes awarded are paper products not received at the Food Bank.
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