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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 4:32 pm | Updated: 4:44 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

My Gym Ahwatukee • 4142 E. Chandler Blvd.

As a community staple for more than eight years specializing in keeping kids active, My Gym Ahwatukee is offering its summer camps and classes for kids.

Available for kids from age 3 to 9, the gym has its summer camp on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. where kids can enjoy structured activities and games with a theme each day.

“The three hours are extremely active,” said owner Amy Huffman. “It’s a great way to burn off energy for the kids.”

Summer classes are offered for babies as young as 6 months to kids as old as 13 throughout the week at the children’s fitness center.

The indoor children’s gym has more than 270 locations nationwide.

Huffman said the summer camps and drop-off events biweekly are most popular among parents.

“It’s nonstop fun, it’s not like an open day care and it keeps the kids active at a time when moms need it,” Huffman said.

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

Lyndsey Klein reads to children from Homeward Bound.

Throughout the years, Summit School of Ahwatukee has been assisting children with entering school with its preschool program.

Ages for the preschool program are from 30 months to 5 years old; all students must be potty trained prior to entering school.

There are four classes within the preschool, with a maximum of 18 students per classroom.

“We are a quality school, with quality coming first,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “Instead of a more traditional model, where there is a classroom with students and a teacher and an aide, each one of our rooms has two teachers. That allows us to high-functioning and high-quality.”

Summit School’s preschool program has been voted the top preschool in Best of Ahwatukee for six consecutive years.

According to Summit School’s website, children are given the opportunity to participate in large and small group settings.

The private-school curriculum focuses toward growth in areas such as social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and language comprehension.

Benkel said teachers add to the success at Summit School, with each of them being passionate about furthering their students’ education.

Teachers and administrators are gearing up for the first day of school, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For additional information about Summit School, visit

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