Welcome to Creative Connections!

An After-School Enrichment Program

Our program offers after-school enrichment for students K-5. Our mission is to provide students challenging and fun ways to express their creativity and develop new skills across a variety of areas, including art, recreation, and science and engineering-oriented projects. In addition, the program focuses on nurturing intuitive thinking, mindfulness and cooperative relationships in the context of universal core moral values. Creative Connections complements and expands academic learning, enabling students to explore their passions, creativity and interests outside the regular school day.  

Program Details

*The Ashland School District is offering the students of Walker and Helman Elementary School transportation via school bus to Creative Connections.*


3:00-5:30pm (M, T, Th & F)

1:45-5:30pm (W)




We are located at the First United Methodist Church.

175 North Main Street

Ashland, OR 97520



Church Office Hours:



Meet Our Educators

  • Dorita Betts Borgerson, Director

    Dorita has worked with children and youth for more than 25 years, educating and inspiring toddlers through teenagers with a range of activities from indoor crafts to outdoor camping adventures.  Her experience includes summer camp counselor and dean, volunteer AHS volleyball coach, and long-time classroom volunteer at Walker School. She is skilled at group-building, reflection and mindfulness, and ‘unplugged’ creative play activities. She also loves cycling, hiking and entertaining all ages with her wacky puppet, Sherman.

  • Carol Heisel,  ART Teacher

    Carol has been teaching in the public schools in the Rogue Valley for over 30 years, including substituting and volunteering at Walker School. One of her greatest joys is providing art experiences for children. She loves to see the expressions on children’s faces and the boost in their confidence when they share their work. In her free time, Carol enjoys watercolor painting and pottery. 


We are currently enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year

(start date: August 30th)! 

Please enter your contact information below or email us directly at creativeconnections@ashlandmethodist.org

or stop by the church during our office hours (T-Th 9-3pm). 

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