Ninja Warrior program. Photo: Moie Moulton

This week, Neck of the Woods, a child care and remote learning hub in Waitsfield, hosted and had students participating in a Ninja Warrior program. McKinley Pierce, a local Ninja Warrior who was featured in the prime-time Ninja Warrior competition at the Philadelphia City finals in 2018, joined the Neck of the Woods staff and students to build their own Ninja Warrior course.

Pierce brought with her a couple of assistants and National Ninja League/ Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association) competitors and champs, 14-year-old Anna Kenyon, and 9-year-old Brooke Kenyon to Ninja Warrior week at Neck of the Woods to help the kids reach higher heights.


Neck of the Woods (NOW), a strength-based, full day child care center is transitioning and expanding its programming. “Recognizing and embracing agility in these changing times, NOW has new exciting programming for families including after school affinity-based enrichment programs and an outdoor education program on Wednesdays for K through sixth-graders,” said executive director Moie Moulton.

NOW, which opened this summer to provide community day care services, safely navigated COVID-19 operating requirements and was able to operate safely throughout the summer and fall. Work is currently underway to raise funds necessary for NOW to purchase the space where it operates, the former Small Dog Electronics building. Don and Grace Mayer, owners of the building, donated the use of the space to NOW during the summer and fall. The campus includes 11 acres of recreational riverfront land, the educational buildings, playgrounds and community learning spaces.