Creating a Community of Learners in Amityville

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More than a dozen courses in health and wellness, language, technology and more were offered by the Amityville Union Free School District this fall as part of its Adult and Continuing Education program.

Relaunched last spring, the program is part of the district’s effort to strengthen community connections and provide residents with opportunities for growth. This fall’s catalog included 18 courses which ran from mid-October through early December and are taught by Amityville teacher and local experts. 

Learn to Love Your iPad or iPhone was a personalized technology course. Instructor Terrylynn Bayon, who also taught a Microsoft Word and Excel course, helped participants with basic and advanced skills like texting, downloading and using apps, and taking and storing photos.

“My kids are thrilled that I’m learning this,” said Amityville resident Linda Walker. 

Residents have been able to learn life-saving first aid and CPR skills, research their family genealogy, understand the rules of Mah Jongg, train to be a notary public or stay fit with Zumba or T’ai Chi Chaun. Other courses included defensive driving, ESL, knitting, photography, self-defense, Spanish and yoga.

“It’s great,” Corky Amico said of the knitting class. “I learn something different and I get to socialize. I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit.”

Program coordinator Dr. Diane Impagliazzo said that all of the courses were cost-effective and bring the community together to learn life and career skills and pursue their interests.

“There’s a sprinkling of courses for everybody’s tastes,” Dr. Impagliazzo said, adding that the spring 2019 session will include both new and repeat courses.