RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- It's a tradition for Ridgefield middle school students to head into town on Friday afternoons to shop, eat and socialize with friends after school.
This year, Project Resilience, along with the Downtown Merchants Association and East Ridge Middle School, is initiating a new pilot program, Fridays-On-Main. It begins Friday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Parents of middle-schoolers who are planning to be in town on Friday afternoons are encouraged to have their children:
- Walk into town and check-in at the Church Barn at St. Stephen’s Church---this is the small building directly behind the church (not to be confused with the “Barn”)
- At St. Stephen’s, each middle-schooler will sign in and receive a “valet” tag for their backpack and reminders of the code of conduct.
- Parents and middle-schoolers should plan to retrieve their backpack and meet for pick-up in the St. Stephen’s parking lot no later than 5 p.m.
- Parents should emphasize that students should take all valuables, such as cellphones, wallets, iPods and iPads with them. St. Stephen’s and Project Resilience assume no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen items.
- In the event that a backpack that is left beyond 5 p.m., parents may go to the Ridgefield Police Department to retrieve it.
- Cookies or other treats will be given to each middle-schooler who checks-in.
Fridays-On-Main will take place on alternating Fridays through Nov. 15.
In the event of inclement weather, cancellations will be posted on the Project Resiliance Facebook page and rescheduled for the following Friday.
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