Babysitter classes proposed in May

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wrightsville Beach babysitters could soon have a closer location to take American Red Cross classes to become certified babysitters.

Charlotte Murchison, member of the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, asked about the possibility of babysitter classes during the February meeting. 

Following up during the Monday, March 3 meeting, parks and recreation program supervisor Katie Ryan said training could be provided on site with American Red Cross instructors.

The full-day class would run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include lunch for babysitters ages 11 to 15.

The instructors charge $150 to come to the location and $85 per student. Ryan said the town could charge a little extra to recoup costs, giving options to charge an extra $10-15 for all students or only nonresident students in addition to the $85 base cost.

The class is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 17.

“I did have some money in my budget for youth programs, so there is some money there to do it and maybe provide the lunch,” Ryan said.

After taking the course, babysitters receive a certificate, workbook, travel notebook with emergency contact information and a CD to organize their babysitting business.

Murchison also mentioned trying to pair the certified babysitters who take the class with hotels and rental companies.

Later in the meeting, Member Elise Running suggested adding an additional Pilates class to supplement the 7:30 a.m. class. Ryan said she would check with the instructor to see if she would be interested in leading a later class.

Farmers’ market

Ryan will assume the duties of farmers’ market manager following approval from the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen.

She will have the help of Julie Bishop, market manager for the Riverfront Farmers’ Market, who will serve as market coordinator.

“She will be out there every Monday, collecting the fees, getting the vendors lined up in the right positions,” Ryan said. “… I’m really pleased that it’s Julie.”

The market will open on Monday, May 5.

2014-15 budget

The preliminary 2014-15 parks and recreation budget includes funds for a new PA system for events like the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Bark in the Park and an additional seat for the 12-seat van.

Ryan met with town manager Tim Owens and finance director Erica Walters about the departmental budget, before it heads before the board of aldermen. She said Owens was in favor of an additional van seat.

“Then we can carry more kids and not make so many trips,” Ryan said.


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