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Summer park program begins at Mt. Pleasant's Frick Park

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:33 a.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Dylan Keilbach, 6, catches frisbee recently at John E. Satcho Park during the Regional Family YMCA summer program, which is set to begin at Frick Park on Monday.

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