TILW Summer Experience moves from PMS to Eastchester; officials won’t give specifics on why


Last summer, kids entered Pelham Middle School excited, as they had for many years. Not for summer school, or for any school at all. For summer camp.

Offered the week after school ended, the Teacher Institute of Lower Westchester (TILW) Summer Experience took place in PMS classrooms and offered different one-week activities, including jewelry making, rocketry, ballroom dancing, CSI 101 and toy workshop. TILW was the camp many kids went to in the first week of summer.

But this year PMS was quiet. TILW, formerly known as the Bronxville, Eastchester and Pelham Teachers (BEPT) center, moved the classes from PMS to Eastchester Middle School. On the TILW website, a banner reads: “PELHAM STUDENTS WELCOME!”

Dr. Ruth Kambar, the director of TILW, declined to comment on the move.

According to an emailed statement from Pelham Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ, “Unfortunately, the Teacher Institute of Lower Westchester was unable to continue its programming housed at the Pelham Public Schools this summer. For several months, the district worked with TILW leadership to help develop a sustainable model to deliver the summer enrichment program, however those efforts were unsuccessful. We look forward to continuing our relationship with TILW in the future. We appreciate the willingness of the Eastchester program to accept our students so they can still access this enriching summer program.”

Pelham School District spokesman Alex Wolff declined to comment on what “a sustainable model” was or if the split with TILW had to do with rent or revenue.