TRAIL BLAZERS After School at PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School
Come Out and Play!
130+ years, and counting…
Since 1887, Trail Blazers’ programs have served young people, helping them to develop essential skills and values that enable them to step into the world ready to thrive. We are excited to Join to PS 217 community, with a re-imagined program design, focused on the right mix of play, challenge and exciting content.
We believe in the importance of…
One hundred thirty-four years is a long time to perfect the art of youth development. Formal metrics confirm what anecdotal reports have always shown us: building strong social and emotional foundations sets children up for true long-term success.
Every Trail Blazers program is designed with the same five building blocks – research-backed strategies, seamlessly woven into each day’s plan:
This approach – which looks different every day, within every program, and for every group – delivers a uniquely powerful youth development experience.
Trail Blazers @ PS217
For an overview of how our after school programs are structured, please visit the School Programs page.
Grades Served: PreK – 5th Grade
5 days a week
2 days a week (Monday & Tuesday)
2 days a week (Wednesday & Thursday)
Parent Pick up Time: 5:15pm – 5:45pm
Dismissal Procedures: Pick up starts at 5:15pm at the main entrance. Please make sure you are masked and prepared to show ID during pick up.
Each day students participate in sunrise, free play and sunset.
Our sunrise meeting takes place at the start of every program, and serves as an opportunity to frame the day. During Sunrise, each group sits together in a circle, sets/revisits group and personal goals, and reviews the schedule together.
During unstructured play group leaders are engaged with their students but not leading activities. During this time, group leaders encourage exploration, curiosity, and creativity.
Sunset closes the day. Students and group leaders will end their day with songs, games, and a reflection of the day’s challenges and successes.
Inquiry Based Environmental Science (Science Explorers)
Science Explores highlights an Inquiry-based learning approach that emphasizes the student’s role in the learning process. Rather than group leaders telling students what they need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas. Some of the Science Explores Club themes include but are not limited to sustainable design, composting, the built environment and nature focused community mapping.
What Our Parents say
“We love Trail Blazers because they spend time getting to know the children. I’ve seen counselors playing with the children, which changes how they respond and makes them excited for after school. Thank you for loving my son and being a part of our family for the last 3 years!”
“Trail Blazers has a great after school program and I feel safe sending my child here. Also my son loves the outdoors now even more and is learning new and exciting things about nature I am so happy about that, go Trail Blazers.”