New after-school coordinator joins recreation staff (11/13/08)

Nov. 13, 2008

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Williston has a new after-school activities coordinator, and she hopes to add new and exciting classes to the popular program.


Kristen Hult

Kristen Hult joined the Parks and Recreation Department in mid-October, replacing Autumn Engroff. Hult said the part-time position is great for her, since she is busy taking care of her two children, ages 2 and 4.

Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Finnegan said she’s had “great energy” and touted her organizational skills.

“She’s been really working hard,” Finnegan said.

As the new coordinator, Hult said her goal is to come up with fun activities for students to take part in after the school day. She cited the popular Taekwondo class that filled up quickly this fall.

She’s also been asking friends around Williston what they’d like to see offered for activities.

“I’m fully vested in this community,” Hult said.

A native Vermonter, Hult grew up in South Burlington and lived in New York City for several years before returning home and moving to Williston. She is a graduate from the University of Vermont and taught at the Metro Montessori School in Manhattan. She also has experience in coordinating after-school programs in other area towns.

After-school activities take place at Allen Brook and Williston Central Schools in the fall, winter and spring for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Besides martial arts, activities this fall include painting with the “Young Rembrandts,” quilting, chess and others. Hult said the same activities would be offered in the winter, with some added ones as well.

She said a newsletter highlighting the activities for winter would be released in December. Parents will then be able to start signing up their children. The six-week classes can cost $30 to $80, depending on the program.

Hult said she has plans to add more opportunities for student activities, including possible swimming classes, although working out transportation is a challenge.

“It’s hard to do off-site classes, but I’m hoping to do more,” she said.

Hult is also looking for parents to volunteer their time and teach an area of expertise, such as cooking, music, scrapbooking, photography, writing or drama. She said the more programs that are offered, the more students and families may take part.

For more information on the after school activities, or to volunteer for a class, contact Kristen Hult at