The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 13, 1999


Carlisle hires first recreation director

At Town Meeting this past spring, residents of Carlisle voted to hire a part-time recreation director for the town recreation programs. The programs offered by the commission have grown 40 percent over the past few years. This rapid growth and positive response from the residents contributed to overwhelming support for the creation of a paid position to manage the variety of activities that RecCom offers.

In June, Jan Deyoe accepted the position of part-time director. Jan and her family have lived in Carlisle since 1985. She has an associate's degree from Chamberlayne Junior College and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University Extension School. She worked at Perkins School for the Blind as a teacher and job coach. Jan was responsible for an arts and crafts work development program at Perkins that was designed for vocational training. She is a certified sign language instructor and interpreter.

In January 1997, Jan began her involvement with the Carlisle Recreation Commission. She taught Fun-with-Fabric classes, holiday crafts and keyboarding. By August of that year, she began to assist with and implementation of the recreation programs. Jan has been instrumental in the organization of the summer camp arts and crafts programs for the past two years and played a major role in the overall organization of the summer camp for the 1999 season.

In June, Jan assumed the duties of part-time recreation director. In this position, she is responsible for planning, designing and organizing a community-based recreational and educational program for preschoolers to senior citizens.

JThe summer camp program reached its record high of 400 enrollments for the six-week program and was so popular that the recreation department had to add an extra section and additional hours. This was the first year that the camp offered an extended day program which proved useful to parents.

Jan is now busy developing new fall programs in addition to the classes already in place. New are painting, drawing, and Tai Chi for seniors as well as painting and ceramics for preschoolers. New programs include memory picture notebooks, science workshops for professional days, puppetry, drama and ski trips to Wachusett Mountain for middle school students.

Residents are encouraged to offer their time and talents to the program. More information about the wide variety of classes and programs is available at the Recreation Web Site @ or in the fall schedule mailed to all residents.

Maureen Tarca is a member of the Carlisle Recreation Commission.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito