(Missouri City, TX – June 5, 2008) Middle-schoolers, an oft-ignored market among summer special event planners, will have a place for fun and maybe even a little bit of learning this year with the introduction of Sienna Baines YOU-niversity.
An initiative of Sienna Plantation Residential Association (SPRAI) and Baines Middle School, located within Sienna Plantation, the YOU-niversity opens June 9 with a mix of sports and academic classes from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions appealing to the sporting enthusiast include volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, football, tennis, track and field, and strength and conditioning. Other classes include painting, piano, theater, guitar, vocals, photography, bookbinding, graphic design, digital scrapbooking and Web design. Afternoons can be spent in open gym, a relaxed session where kids can play volleyball, basketball or innovative gym games or just hang out with friends in a supervised setting. Many of the instructors are Baines staff members.
“Our goal is to provide balanced opportunities with both academic and athletic activities,” said Lisa Cox, Sienna’s Director of Recreation and Fun.
Open gym is available through July 17 and morning classes are offered through the end of July. The You-niversity is open to all Baines students, including incoming sixth-graders and outgoing eighth-graders.
“This is a segment of our community that traditionally doesn’t have a lot of programming during the summer,” Cox said. “We wanted to offer something indoors in a location where the kids feel comfortable. Baines was a natural choice.”
Cox said Baines principal David Yaffie was immediately enthusiastic about the summer camps.
“The principal was extremely supportive and we were totally blown away by the response from the Baines staff, who immediately jumped on board and had great ideas about what we could offer,” Cox said.
“This is a positive effort for the entire Baines community,” Yaffie said. “It’s not only providing a safe place for kids to have fun, but it’s a perfect example of a successful school-community relationship.”
Fees vary for the different classes. Open gym is $25 per week, or $100 for a six-week summer pass. For more information, contact SPRAI at 281.778.2582.
About Sienna Plantation
Sienna Plantation is a comprehensive 7,000-acre master-planned community with a mix of land uses including residential, retail, commercial, civic, recreational, religious, educational and medical, and a variety of housing choices including single-family and multi-family. Homes by the nation’s leading builders are priced from $100,000 to the millions and can be found in distinctive neighborhoods with a wide choice of housing styles. The community, a development of Sienna/Johnson Development, L.P., offers more than 2,000 acres dedicated to park lands, golf courses, recreation areas, lakes, greenbelts and nature reserves. For more information, visit www.siennaplantation.com.
About The Johnson Development Corp.
The Johnson Development Corp. is an award-winning residential and commercial land development company involved in premier projects including master-planned communities such as Sienna Plantation, Fall Creek, Riverstone, Woodforest, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater and Silverlake in Houston, Texas, and Towne Lake, BridgeMill and Lake Arrowhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1975, known for innovative master planning and today one of the largest and most successful land developers in both Houston and Atlanta, Johnson Development has cultivated a strong reputation for vibrant, responsible development, with impeccably designed communities. For more information, visit www.johnsondevelopment.com.