Youths enjoy six weeks of activities

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By Don Pace

Kids in the six-week summer program at the city’s recreation center are kept busy with all kinds of activities — reading, music, art and swimming.

Michael Campbell is Robertson High School’s choir director during the regular school year and said he enjoys helping children have a productive and fun summer as a coach and supervisor for the program.

Campbell said the Character Counts program was introduced this year and kids drew pictures and wrote their favorite sayings about the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Melissa’s drawing illustrated her favorite saying, “There is never a wrong time to do the right thing,” and Ashley wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what is within us.”

Campbell said the children also love to read.

“In the literacy class, they can read by themselves if they are old enough to read. If not, then we have coaches that will read to them.”

Classes begin early with sign-in at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast, warm-up exercise, swim, story time, a gym activity, lunch, a hands-on-activity in the gym, and a physical activity.

Campbell said the summer program is popular and always has a waiting list so parents should register their kids early. Classes run from the second week of June to July 18 and cost $125 per child.

“We have kids who have enrolled in the program for the last number of years — they really enjoy the summer program and can’t wait to take part in all the activities we offer,” Campbell said.

The recreation department also provides programs year-round for the community at large, offering programs in recreation, cultural activities, education, health, wellness-fitness and family life activities.