Summer park program begins at Mt. Pleasant's Frick Park
Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands director of childcare services Cindy Huffman said the summer park program put on by the facility offers more than just arts and crafts.
It also features also structured games, sports and an occasional science experiment to entertain area children.
The program, free for all school-age children in kindergarten through sixth grade, will be held 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday beginning Monday through Aug. 2 at Frick Park.
However, there will be no activities July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
“We have a lot of fun activities planned,” said Huffman.
Parents are required to sign a registration form to give children older than age 10 the permission to walk to the program. An adult must sign the child in each day they attend the program.
Two college students are on hand each day to organize activities for participants. Carrie Siebert has been working with children in the summer park program for two years.
She said it gives the kids something to do outside with other kids “instead of watching TV or playing video games.”
In addition to the crafts, participants can learn a sport and build on the fundamentals of the sport, she said.
Children are urged to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes must be worn at all times.
Staff will be at Frick Park daily and will attempt to provide activities, even on light rainy days.
However, in the event of steady rain, high winds or weather is predicted to be extreme, the staff will have the discretion to cancel.
It is not possible to notify participants in advance, so parents are asked to use their discretion whether or not to send their children.
Staff member Kathy Barcovtch said it is a great opportunity for children to learn “outside the school setting.”
Barcovtch, who is majoring in early childhood education at St. Vincent College in Unity, enjoys the chance to interact with the children, she said.
Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Michael Vomish Memorial Golf Outing is Aug. 16 near Mt. Pleasant
- Mt. Pleasant Borough fire department’s support system dampened
- Mt. Pleasant church to welcome newly installed bishop
- Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association seeks aid to finance future upkeep
- Stahlstown resident shares a love of history for Chestnut Ridge