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Discover Discovery's Playground!

Program Description

building a rocket

Discovery's Playground is an after-school enrichment program serving Geneva School District children in grades K-5. This program is sponsored by the Office of Conferences and Events.

Program Location

737 S. Main Street. (on campus)

Program Details

Discovery's Playground will be offered five days a week, two hours per day, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The 2019-2020 program follows the Geneva Public Schools calendar, beginning the first day of school for children and ending the last full day of school for children.

Daily Schedule

  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Arrival by bus and snack time
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Enrichment activity, homework, free playtime
  • Discovery's Playground will not be open on half days, snow days, or Superintendent's Conference days when children do not attend school.


Linda Welle

Linda Welle, Director

Linda Welle has taught grades 2-7 over a 34-year period and retired in June 2011 from the Canandaigua City School District. She is duly certified in the areas of elementary and special education. She has missed working with children, which has brought her to Discovery's Playground. Linda is married to her husband, Steve, a researcher at the University of Rochester, and has two grown children.

Sue Reed

Susan "Sue" Reed, Assistant Director

Sue is an Occupational Therapist (OT) who has worked with school age children with a variety of special needs and/or learning disabilities. During her College training Sue also completed many courses in the areas of psychology, neurology, sociology, and even theatre! Sue believes that learning IS fun and enjoys trying to find "outside the box" ways to engage children in enrichment activities. In fact that is what drew Sue to become a part of the Discovery’s Playground program as it seemed to encompass all of these great things! She is dedicated to continuing education especially in the areas of dyslexia and neurological processing. These areas are closest to Sue's heart for a variety of reasons and she is eager to help and/ or advocate for those struggling with dyslexia. Sue is married to her husband, Joe, who has a Civil Engineering Degree and currently works as the Director of Buildings and Grounds of Yates County. Together they have 2 school age boys.


HWS students work as paid counselors at Discovery's Playground, assisting children and staff in a variety of ways.


Mission Statement

To provide children with interdisciplinary academic enrichment opportunities that enable children to experience discovery and creativity in ways that enhance their inquisitiveness, curiosity and confidence in a positive and safe environment.

Program Goals

  • Promote interest in learning beyond the traditional academic school day
  • Create learning environments that foster creativity and inquiry
  • Provide students with opportunities to laugh, play and have fun
  • making slime
  • Connect participating students to the educational, cultural and personal resources at the Colleges
  • Create relevant and real-world learning experiences that reflect the interests and talents of participating students
  • Create a supportive environment that helps students develop positive social and academic habits and skills
  • Facilitate collaboration between HWS students and staff and Discovery's Playground Director. This includes incorporating Service Learning students furthering their interest in working with children. In addition, HWS staff is encouraged to share their various areas of expertise with the children.
  • Participating children in grades K-5 will play, explore and learn through a variety of activities designed to complement the school curriculum in a setting that is fun, engaging, and builds self-esteem. Each day includes time for a snack, recreation and play, homework assistance, and enrichment activities. Enrichment activities will involve interdisciplinary explorations of science, the arts (theater, visual arts, dance and music), mathematics, literature, environmental studies, and other disciplines.

Past collaborations with the HWS community include

  • Attendance at Arts Festival workshops
  • Arts Festival painting
  • Visit to Davis Gallery to view student art exhibition
  • Creative Movement instruction provided at Discovery’s Playground by Dance Education students
  • Spanish language instruction provided by HWS Spanish language students
  • Interactive presentation by representatives from the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to promote awareness of intellectual disabilities
  • Building model rockets lesson taught by an HWS professor


The tuition is $22.50 per day. Contact Pam Pietrusinski at the Office of Conferences and Events for details.

Phone: (315) 781-3103
Fax: (315) 781-4325


Linda Welle
Discovery's Playground

Conferences & Events
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Mailing address:
300 Pulteney Street

Office address:
Harris House
678 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3103
Fax: (315) 781-4325
Email: events@hws.edu


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