The Side Door, a Friday after-school program open to all middle schoolers in Montclair, has reopened for in-person outdoor activities.

The program, which takes place at Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave., provides a safe space for middle schoolers to be with their friends. It is overseen by part-time staff and volunteers from Montclair State University, Montclair High School and other area high schools.    

All activities are outdoors. Remaining sessions will be in person, weather permitting, May 7, 14 and 21; after that, sessions will be via Zoom until school ends. Parents have to complete a health survey/preregister their children for each Friday.

The program is free, but depends on donations from families. More information: