Community Education


Commmunity Education classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All classes require pre-registration prior to the start date.  Payment is required at time of enrollment.  Visit the Registration page for more information. Print and mail in the Enrollment form

Fall 2018 Classes for Students

  • Archery - Beginners

  • Archery - Intermediate

  • Babysitting Clinic

  • Karate Tuesdays

  • Dance - Beginners

  • Dance - Intermediate

  • Creative Movement 5 & 6 year olds, DK & Kindergarten

  • Home Alone - Child Safety

  • Hunter Safety

  • Snowmobile Safety

  • Boater Safety 2018

  • ORV Safety 2018

  • Learn to Ice Skate

  • Learn to Play Hockey

  • Home Alone

Fall 2018 Classes for Adults


  • Nutrition and Children

  • Painting Techniques with Mel

  • Rethunk Junk Furniture Painting with Mel

  • Staff First Aid

  • Staff CPR

  • Step Aerobics

  • The Effective Parent Series

  • Zumba

Cancellation Policy

Community Education reserves the right to cancel any class where there is insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be issued if a class is canceled by Community Education. For cancellations due to weather, please call the Center. The cancellations will also be listed on WZZM-13 television.

To Cancel and Receive a Refund: A refund will be issued (minus $5.00 processing fee) if the participant cancels at least 48 hours (two business days) prior to the start of the class. If you cancel the day before or the day of class, there will be no refund. No refunds made after the class has started, regardless of attendance. All no shows will not be rolled over into the next upcoming class.

Fees: A service charge of $35.00 will be assessed for returned/insufficient funds.

Fall 2018 Classes for Students - Course Descriptions

Archery  for Beginners

Ages: 8 - 14
Location: Grand Valley Sporting Goods, 6387 Lake Michigan Drive
Class is scheduled to meet June 12 - July 17.

Learn the safety strategies, tips, skills and techniques of archery. Students will practice correct form, grip, angle, draw, and proper aim needed to shoot a bow. Equipment will be provided on site for this class. Bows from home are allowed. Time: 10-11:00. Cost: $73.00.

Archery Intermediate

Ages: 8 - 14
Location: Grand Valley Sporting Goods, 6387 Lake Michigan Drive
Class is scheduled to meet June 12 - July 17.

Students will perfect the following: form, grip, angle, draw, and proper aim needed to shoot. This class will be offered for the experienced youth that own bows.  Time: 10-11:00. Cost: $73.00

Babysitting Clinic

Ages 11-up
Location: Evergreen, #112 
Cost: TBA
Date/Time: Fall 2018

This class will give your youth a clear overview of what he or she needs to know about babysitting techniques. The do’s and don'ts, what to do in case of, and other responsibilities that go along with the job. CPR and first aid will also be taught in this class.

Karate Tuesdays  

Ages: KDG-Grade 5
Location: Class held in Springview gym

Cost: $TBA
Date/Time: September 25 - November 13, 3:40 - 4:30 pm

Standale Karate will instruct this class after school in Springview Gym. The purpose and main focus are to teach Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts. Self-discipline and self-control will be incorporated into the training. No class March 6, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

Dance for Beginners

Ages: Grades 1 - 5
Cost: TBA
Date/Time: Thursdays, September 27 - November 15, 4:40 - 5:30 pm 

The goal of this class will focus on basics and have students develop a sense of appreciation for the dance arts. During the 8-week session students will have the opportunity to learn techniques from the ballet, lyrical, jazz, and modern genres while learning a performance piece for the end of the session showcase. This class will also have an emphasis on both collaboration with fellow students and furthering the student's understanding of how to move to different styles of music. Recital will be held at the Fine Arts Center.

Dance Intermediate

Ages: Grades 1 - 5
Cost: TBA
Date/Time: Thursdays, September 27 - November 13, 3:40 - 4:30 pm 

The intermediate level class is designed to build off technical knowledge learned from prior experience and students are asked to have some basic understanding of dance technique. The intermediate session will proceed to build dance vocabulary, musically, flexibility, and of course advancing technical abilities in the ballet lyrical modern & jazz genres. Along with advancing these skills, dancers in this class will be learning a showcase piece to perform at the end of the session on stage, in the Fine Arts Center. A recital will be held at the Fine Arts Center.

Creative Movement 5 & 6's

Ages: Grades 1 - 5
Location: Springview Gym
Cost: TBA
Date/Time: Thursdays, September 27- November 15, 5:40 - 6:30 pm 

This session is geared toward young children who wish to be introduced to the dance arts and or are looking to get active in a fun and fast-paced learning environment. During the session, students will learn how to move to different genres of music, basic dance technique, and develop their collaboration skills with others in the class. This class will also be part of the end of session showcase and students will be asking to learn a dance for the performance. Recital held at the Fine Arts Center.

Home Alone

Ages: Gr. 4 - 8
Location: Evergreen #112
Cost: TBA

More and more young children are required to stay home alone. It is important that every child understands what his or her parent or guardian wants the child to do while home alone. Care must be taken, however, to equip children with the self-care tools needed to deal with situations that might put them in danger. This class will cover such things as answering the door & phone, first aid, fire safety rules, internet safety, gun safety rules, and stranger danger. Time: 3:45-5:45.

Hunters Safety

Ages: Youth to Adult
Location:  Allendale High School
Cost: $10.00
Date/Time: September 20 & September 22, 2018.  Thursday 5:30-8 & Saturday 8-4:30 pm.  Must attend both classes to be certified.

If your son/daughter is 12 yrs and under, please plan to attend this class with them. Pre-registration accepted ahead, no enrollment at the door. You must attend both classes to be certified. Due to the limited amount of spots, class fills quickly. Enrollment will be closed once the class fills. All no-shows forfeit their spot in the class, no rollovers into the next Hunters Safety class. This class is offered one evening and a full Saturday. Bring a sack lunch to the Saturday class along with a pen & pencil. Class held at Allendale High School. Call to sign & pay over the phone with debit/credit card or mail registration with payment. We also have a after hours drop box located outside the Middle School entrance.

Snowmobile Safety

Ages: No set age. State law is 12 yrs. + to ride trails & cross st.
Location: Allendale High School
Cost: $10.00
Date/Time: January 2019

This course is designed to educate the operator in the safe operation of a snowmobile. The next class will be offered Saturday, January 27, 2018. Cost: $10.00. The class will be held at Allendale High School. Call Community Education to enroll over the phone with debit/credit card. You will be mailed your manual after enrollment or you may pick it up from the Community Education office. Bring along a pen and pencil.

Boaters Safety 2018

Ages: Anyone born after June 30, 1996
Location: Allendale High School
Cost: $10
Class is scheduled to run May 19, 2018

Michigan conservation officers and Michigan county sheriffs encourage all persons operating boats in Michigan to enroll in a boating safety course. Boaters born after June 30, 1996 and most personal watercrafts (jet ski) operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education certificate. Manual provided at the time of enrollment. No registration at door, please. All those enrolled are to bring along a pen, pencil and sack lunch to class The class is scheduled to run Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9 am - 3 pm. Cost: $10.00.

Who May Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC or jet ski)

Those less than 14 yrs. may not legally operate a PWC. Those 14 & 15 years of age may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate and are accompanied on board by his/her parent/guardian or by a 21 yrs. old who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian. Those 14 & 15 year olds may operate a PWC if they are at a distance of not more that 100 feet from his/her parent or guardian or a person at least 21 yrs. of age who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian. Those at least 16 years and born after December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate. If you were born before December 31, 1978, you may operate a PWC legally with out restrictions.

ORV Safety 2018

Ages: ORV Operators/Drivers
Location: Allendale High School
Cost: $10
Class is scheduled April 28, 2018

This course is designed to educate the operator in the safe operation of Off-Road Vehicles. Students enrolled must be able to read and understand the materials given. Students are required to take a written test at the end of the class. No child under the age of 12 may cross any street, highway, or county road while operating any ORV. Children who are at least 12 yrs. may cross streets and roads (only at right angles) if they are under the direct visual supervision of an adult and have a valid ORV safety certificate. ORV study manual is given at the time of enrollment. Class held at Allendale High School Media Center.  No registration at door, please. No rollovers if you are a no-show. Bring a sack lunch, ink pen & pencil. Time: 9 am - 3 pm.

Learn to Skate, Spring

Ages: 4 years - up
Location: Georgetown Ice Center
Cost: $125 (includes skate rental)
Date/Time: Thursdays, 6:00-6:50 pm.  April 19-June 7

Your child will receive 50 minutes of instruction for 8 weeks (Thursdays). Come 20 early to the first session to allow time to fit skates, get your class assignment, ect...All skaters MUST wear a helmet (hockey or bike). Dress accordingly & wear gloves. Wear only one pair of thin socks so the skates fit. The focus and goal are to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. Students will be taught how to balance, bend, march forward, stride, how to get back up, agility, glide and more. Students will run through stations on the ice to rotate through instruction.  

Learn to play Hockey, Spring

Ages: 5 - 9 years old
Location: Georgetown Ice Center
Cost: $125
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm, April 10 - June 5

This class is the second step of youth hockey (the first is Learn to Skate class). Your child will receive 60 minutes of instruction for 8 weeks. Students will enjoy learning and be improving their skating and puck handling skills through challenging drills & on-ice games. Participants will be separated by ability in order for each participant to feel comfortable and challenged. Instruction will be high tempo, positive, and suited to the skill level of each player. 


Fall 2017 Classes for Adults - Course Descriptions

Adult Classes

Clean Eating, Clean Home - Join Margo, Certified Essential Oil Coach, and Brittni, as they share how and what to eat to support your immune system for these upcoming winter months, as well as how to reduce harmful chemicals in your personal care and cleaning products that could also be compromising your immune system. The benefits of using essential oils will also be shared. Enjoy food samples and giveaways! Class Location: TBA. Cost: $TBA. Time: TBA.

Rethunk Junk Furniture Painting with Mel - Bring along a carryable piece of furniture to paint and a good quality brush. Mel will provide the rest of materials along with a few goodies. One pint of Rethunk Junk paint is included in the price of this class. At the end of the evening you will bring home a beautiful masterpiece. Mel will show you how to prep, paint, distress, glaze, stain top & tuff top. You will be allowed to choose your paint color. Enrollment deadline is 2 weeks before the class begins due to ordering of supplies. No refunds will be given once the supplies have been ordered. Be sure to pick your paint color when enrolling. Date: ?? Time: 6:00-9:00 pm. Class will be held in the Middle School Art Room (#204). Cost:??

The Effective Parenting Workshop Series - Leonard Paauwe a retired Human Resources Development Consultant, has over 20 years experience coaching and training adults and is a certified Life and Family Coach. This course offers a way forward for parents to create a joyful, vibrant family life and raise a happy, healthy confident child. A child that is prepared to excel in their world today and in the future. This sequential four session program provides parents with four crucial elements that are necessary for dealing successfully with the challenges of parenting in today's world.

Worshop 1: How to Listen So Your Child Will Talk -  Date: October 9. Do you want to know what is going on in your child's life? Believe it or not they want to tell you. They just want to feel heard, understood and not judged. This class will help you learn to do just that and you're going to love the results. Cost: $?? couple or $?? single. 7:00-9:00. 

Worshop 2: How to Talk So your Child will Listen - October 16, 7:00-9:00 pm. Frustrated with repeating yourself and wonder why they won't listen? This class will give you tools to first get their attention without yelling and then positive messages to get cooperation. Cost: $?? couple & $?? single.

Worshop 3: Building Trust with your Child: October 23. Trust within the family is essential to having a joyful and vibrant family life. This class will provide you with the key elements of building trust in the family. Time: 7-9:00 pm. Cost: $35.00 couple or $20.00 single.

Worshop 4: Problem Solving with Your Child: October 30. "If they had only come to me."  For many children when faced with what feels like and overwhelming problem, avoiding by running away with drugs or suicide, is their only solution. This class will help you set the foundation for problem solving within the family. through participating in family priblem solving children learn there is a trusted and respectful way for solving the problems they face. Time: 7-9:00pm. Cost: $35.00 couple or $20.00 per single.

First Aid for Staff - Class runs 6-9:00 pm in the Middle School Media. Please contact Kelly at Community Education to sign up. Classes are held in the Middle School Media garage.

CPR for Staff - Class runs 6-9:00 pm in the Middle School Media. Please contact Kelly at Community Education to sign up. Class are held in the Middle School Media garage.

Step Aerobics -Get ready to burn up to 500 calories in 45 minutes! This fitness class is appropriate for all fitness levels, and taught by a certified instructor. Class includes a 5 minute warm-up, 30 minute step routine, 10 minute core/abdominal training, and a 5 minute cool down/stretch- all set to fun music that makes the time fly! Class is limited to 15 participants, so sign up now to reserve your STEP! Class meets on Mondays for 6 weeks from 6:15-7:00 pm in Springview gym. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and water bottle. See you in the Fall. Cost: ??

Zumba  – This class combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow Zumba participants to dance away their worries. The routines feature interval training sessions, where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba class! Zumba means to move fast and have fun, so if you are not a dancer, it doesn't matter! Use front entrance to the Springview gym located at the back of school. Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Class cost for the 8 week session, $??  Call 892-3458 or stop by the Middle School to enroll. 


Office located in:
Allendale Middle School
7161 Pleasant View Court
Allendale, MI 49401
616-892-3458 (office)
616-895-9111 (fax)

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:30 pm


Kelly Pratt
Gary Torno
Community Education Director