2021 Basketball Award Winners

Each year, we present two significant awards to basketball players that went above and beyond, both on and off the court.

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Build a Foundation for Our Future

Help Us Build an Educational Academy

Started in 2010, New Directions is an afterschool academic and social-emotional skill-building K-8 students from low-income backgrounds in West Chester, PA.

Prior to summer 2021, the New Directions program didn’t have a designated space. They used the theater and gym as makeshift classrooms for programming, reading time, mentoring, and social activities. 

  • Neither room provided the privacy needed for conversations between 30 students and 30 coaches. Would you want to confide that you’re having trouble in school with your best friends right next to you?
  • The program’s supplies had to be constantly shifted when the room was rented out or used by other groups. 

We Need You​

This summer, we began using the downstairs space for our Summer STEAM camp, reading coaching, mentoring, and more. The private offices make for natural private tutoring spaces. Our volunteers have cultivated a beautiful, diverse library. There is an arts and crafts corner, a college connection area, as well as a classroom. 

We see this space as the foundation of our future. Having an enriching, educational space will allow us to grow our current programming and add more down the line. 

In order to keep this space, we need to raise $50,000 by October 1st. 

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The Melton Center’s 2021 unGala

Join us for a virtual celebration with entertainment, speakers, community awards, and more!

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Thanks for a Fantastic Season!

We would like to thank all of our coaches, players, volunteers, and staff for a fantastic season! Congrats to this year’s winners. We look forward to our 2022 season!

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Flu Shot Clinic – September 3rd

Rite Aid will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic at the Melton Center on Friday, September 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm. They will bring flu vaccines including High-dose for 65 and older, Pfizer covid vaccines, tetanus booster, both pneumonia vaccines (Prevnar and Pneumovax).  If anyone is interested in Shingrix, if Rite Aird can get the insurance information prior to the clinic date to determine any copay.

They can administer flu vaccines to 3 and up and Pfizer Covid vaccines to 12 and up. Flu vaccines and ancillary vaccines are FREE with most insurances. If you do not have insurance, Covid vaccines may be administered at no charge if someone is uninsured.  Flu vaccines are $43.99.  High-dose flu vaccines are $84.99. 

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Summer Steam: Summer Fun

Summer STEAM

The Charles Melton Arts & Education Center Summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) program is designed to immerse youth in STEAM education. The program uses STEAM education to develop and cultivate interest in the STEAM fields through hands-on learning, STEAM education, and field trips to prepare students for future STEAM education.

The kids are being exposed to new careers with hands-on learning in website development, drone technology, building design, biomedical engineering, and solar energy, with so much more. The most important lesson they’re learning, though? In the words of one of our 1st graders: “To work together and have fun!”
Thank you First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA and Rudy Treichel for an amazing series of engineering lessons and challenges this week!
The kids couldn't believe the egg was cooked by the sun!
Winners of the spaghetti and marshmallow tower design challenge!
"Lake Melton" challenge
Drone technology with Mr. Chris, Miss Morgan, and The Uncommon Individual Foundation - UIF.

We would like to extend our gratitude towards this amazing team of volunteers that led our New Directions Summer STEAM Camp. Thank you First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PAThe Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary ClubWest Chester Area School District, Great Valley School District, and our community!

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CommUnity Day

Join us for our favorite event of the year!

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Thank You West Chester Moms

A few months ago, we put out a call for donors to sponsor our new swing set. The playground materials were delayed due to COVID, and we hope to have our new playground and swings up and running soon. Luckily, we’ve had so many wonderful community members willing to support some summer fun. We would […]

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Springtime at the Center

Exciting things are heating up this month!

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Now Hiring – Office Manager

Now Hiring: Office Manager

WEEKDAYS MON-FRI 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m (30 hours) 

Reports to: Executive Director 

PAY: NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE 

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION:  The person filling the regular, part time position of the Office Manager of the Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center (TMC) is responsible for the administrative and office support of the Executive Director and Events Coordinator, as well as the Board leadership. These responsibilities (in no order) include but are not limited to: 

  • Monitor voicemail and email messages and provide information to appropriate staff. Provide any follow up as needed. 

  • Distribute postal mail to appropriate staff and coordinate outgoing mail shipments. 

  • Handle incoming visitors and phone calls. 

  • Monitor supplies and alert appropriate personnel of any needs. 

  • Update and monitor online calendars, weekly and monthly schedules. 

  • Filter information to Board of Directors and Executive Director. 

  • Assist Executive Director in advocacy, fundraising, and fiscal management. 

  • Update and manage filing systems. 

  • Create flyers and documents as needed. 

  • Assist with Community events and activities 

  •  Update website and work with Tech Support Person  

  • Attend weekly staff meetings and provide the minutes to all staff members 

  • Schedule meetings between Executive Director and community 

  • Record rental income and send invoices as necessary 

  • Schedule community service volunteers and delegate tasks as necessary 

  • Assist with producing annual reports and monthly newsletters 

  • Assist with Donor software input and date entry 

  • Assist with mail chimp e-mail mass mailings 

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and other programs 

  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills 

  • Experienced administrative professional who is dependable and highly organized 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team 

  • Knowledge of QuickBooks Online a plus 

  • *Duties are tailored toward a volunteer position* 

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to kennethwinston1@comcast.net

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