Youth Programming


Kulani- West African Dance

Mondays from 5:30-6:30 Beginning Sept 21

Join the Kulani Group for six weeks of West African Dance. Miss Holly and Miss Gwen continue to bring West African Dance to the Johnstown Community. Your children ages 5 and up will learn the art of dance, and drumming, as passed down from generation to generation in Western Africa.

All kids ages 5 and up are welcome, a $5 donation per session is recommended, but not required.


Story Works-Preschool

Story Works- Virtual Pre-school Activity for ages 3-5 with Miss Amanda

Ages 3-5 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Cost: 1 session – 8 classes Non-Member $64 BW Member $55

Drop-in session 1 class $10 if space is available

Best Deal! Register for all 3 sessions 24 classes for just $150 or $140 for BW Members!

Session 1 Sept 15 – Oct 8

Session 2 Oct 13 – Nov 5

Session 3 Nov 10 – Dec 3

In this class, we will read, sing, play, and learn!

This is an online class and will use video conferencing to bring small-group, teacher-led circle time to preschool students. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute sessions.

Each week students will explore a different theme. (apples, fall, leaves, pumpkins, etc)

In each class we will:

  • Read a picture book.
    • The teacher will introduce the book and topic for story time.  Students will discuss the cover and title of the book, the author and illustrator, and whether the book is fiction or non-fiction.   After reading the book, students will answer comprehension questions regarding sequence of events, story details as well as questions to build both reading and math readiness skills. 
  • Sing songs and learn fingerplays based on the weekly theme.
  • Learn about our calendar. 
    • During calendar time we will talk about the months of the year, days of the week, weather, and seasons. 
    • Learning about the calendar also encourages number recognition and counting. 
    • Students will learn through repetition, song, and discussion.

We will cover topics such as colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet. We will also work on motor skills, phonemic awareness, and social skills.  

About our teacher:

Amanda Marx, “Miss Amanda,” has 12 years of experience as the lead preschool teacher in a Montessori classroom.  A UPJ graduate, Amanda has multiple teaching certificates and specializes in teaching students from ages 3 – 8. She loves reading sci-fi, hiking, eating ice cream, and taking photos of nature.  Amanda has two children, two cats, and a wonderful husband. 


Mindfulness and Arts
Making a difference in your classroom

Our Mindfulness and Arts Initiative seeks to engage youth within local schools and community organizations by employing the Mindful Schools curriculum coupled with arts. Through the application and practice of The Mindful School’s curriculum, we aim to provide an outlet for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social growth and support. Programming is held at your school/organization, or at the BOTTLE WORKS.

The Mindful Schools (mindfulschools.org)

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of deliberate attention, of bringing purposeful awareness to one’s experience.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Over thirty years of research demonstrates that mindfulness improves:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Academic Achievement
  • Body and Thought Awareness
  • Impulse Control
  • Stress Management
  • Improved Focus
  • Compassion towards others and self

Log on to http://www.mindfulschools.org in order to find out more. Mindfulness and Arts Program: This Mindfulness and Arts program teaches mindfulness tools while engaging students in the joy of arts. We use the Mindful School curriculum to teach youth how to improve decision-making skills, impulse control and stress management. Among others, the lessons include: mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of emotion, mindfulness of thought, mindful eating, compassion toward self and others, and body awareness. The art lessons will provide students with practice and applicability by utilizing the learned mindfulness skills. Students will engage in many various forms of art that may include drumming, creative writing, watercolor, zentangle, and clay. This programming can be tailored for any grade. We are looking to partner with schools and community organizations, as students would benefit.

The in-classroom Mindfulness and Arts Program is an eight- or sixteen-week program that occurs twice weekly.

For more information, contact Holly Lees, BOTTLE WORKS Mindfulness and Arts Facilitator, at hlees@bottleworks.org or 814.535.2020.

What are people saying?!?

“Students were made aware of ways to maintain self-control which is extremely important today. Also, it is quite beneficial for students to have the strategies presented to fight stress. I think students partially enjoyed the art lessons that related well to the mindfulness teachings.”Mr. Roberts 6th grade teacher at Conemaugh Valley Elementary“I definitely will use mindfulness tools for the rest of my life” ~ 6th-grade student“Thank you for teaching me how to keep my body calm. I especially like how we used mindful breathing.”

~ 5th-grade student“Mindfulness helps with situations. When I’m mad, I use mindful breathing”~6th-grade students


Please note that the Bottle Works engages in photography and recording of programs and events for its own print and online publication/promotional purposes. Staff and volunteers will make every effort to notify members of the public when filming and/or photography is taking place. Please notify a staff member/volunteer if you do not want to be photographed or filmed.