Summer rec programs begin 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE–Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? That’s not the case for Fayette youngsters this summer.

Free food, games, crafts and more are on tap every weekday for children through grade 12.

The meal is served at 11:15 each morning, followed by a variety of activities. The Summer Food Service Program meets through Aug. 12 at the park shelter house across from the library to offer “food that’s in when school is out.”

The program is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation department and directed by Katie Borer who is engaged in a summer internship with the village through Defiance College.

Activities for the summer program include basketball, softball and volleyball basics, bicycle safety and tricks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, piñata making and a visit to the fire hall.

The Northwest Ohio Community Action Coalition is providing food for the program.

Starting next week, the Ohio State Extension Service will also get involved in the program. For six Thursdays starting June 23, activities will be offered that will lead to a prize for those who attend all six sessions. 

MORENCI–Swimming, bowling and park activities are on tap for area children enrolled in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program.

Activities get underway Tuesday, June 21, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 2. The program is based at Wakefield Park and runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine.

A one-time registration fee of $20 a child covers all scheduled activities. Any child age five and older is invited to sign up.

A registration form was published in last week’s Observer and additional forms are available at city hall. A form must be filled out for each child participating.

Registration and payment is requested by June 16 to help with planning.

Sherri Dillon will again serve as program leader. She will be assisted by teen helpers.

For more information about the Summer Recreation Program, call city hall at 517/458-6828.

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