WMVY will continue its educational series “Radio Games,” thanks to a grant from the Cape Cod Five Foundation. According to a press release, “Radio Games” is the brainchild of MVY radio community outreach director Laurel Redington. This free afterschool program held at the Edgartown library teaches middle school children communication skills through fun, interactive games and exercises. Public speaking, active listening, reading nonverbal social cues, and more are embedded in activities that challenge and engage.
Redington piloted the program in fall 2018, and with this grant awarded from the Cape Cod Five Foundation, the program will continue and expand in 2019. The grant will be used to purchase materials for “Radio Games.” It will also allow for two paid mentorships. Redington will train two high school students to act as facilitators, running the games.
“Making sure our kids are prepared to communicate effectively in this technological world requires the older generations to help them preserve some of the old ways of doing things,” said Redington, explaining the philosophy and goal of “Radio Games.” “We want to give them these interpersonal, face-to-face skills, simultaneously teaching them how to hold on to their own voice while staying open to other voices. We are very grateful for the support of the Cape Cod Five Foundation.”
“One of the goals of the Cape Cod Five Foundation is to enrich the lives of future generations by supporting opportunities to develop valuable life skills” commented Rich DeWitt, senior financial advisor for Cape Cod Five Trust and Asset Management. “We are very pleased to support this ‘unplugged,’ interactive ‘Radio Games’ program created by Laurel and MVY radio.”
“Radio Games” is held at the Edgartown library every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30pm. It is open to students in grades 4 through 8.