Summer programs enrich local students

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PARIS – The SAD 17 summer enrichment programs, sponsored by 21st Century Grants, are back for the season.

As in previous summers, coordinators and grant staff have planned an array of activities and field trips. Teambuilding games, wilderness exploration, Dragon Rider Bookmobile, Olympics games, arts and crafts and caring for school gardens are some of the activities planned.

Field trips will include Deertrees Theater, Santa’s Village, Range Pond, Popham Beach, the movies, local farms, library events, hikes and weekly lake visits.

ClubRowe, ClubParis and the Explorers offer coordination with town recreation and other local swimming lessons.

Summer staffing is comprised of program coordinators and assistants as well as returning and new college students, many of whom graduated from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and are home for the summer.

All staff is certified in first aid/CPR, with many taking the training offered through the 21st Century Grant before the start of the summer.

The Explorers offers a “counselor-in-training” program for some students in the older grades. They will lead activities with adult guidance and at other times play with the younger children and engage them in positive game playing.

The school-year and summer programs are located at each elementary school in the district and work in partnership with the school district. Programs use the schools for space and equipment and pay for use of the school district bus services.

After-school programs help keep kids safe, improve academic performance and help working families across America. Students who regularly attend after-school programs have better grades and behavior in school and better peer relations.

The summer programs participate in the USDA summer food program, providing snack reimbursement for healthy snacks.

Parents can still register for most weeks at the programs this summer. Rates are based on qualifying lunch status. Call the following for more information:

The Explorers in West Paris, Laurie McKenney, 674-2332; ClubRowe, Guy E. Rowe, Annette Strong, 515-6894; ClubParis, Paris Elementary, Stephanie Corbett, 592-5445; Depot, Hebron Station, NancyLee Piper, 966-3323.

Also, Oasis at Otisfield, Emily Staley, 627-4208; Oxford SACC, Oxford Elementary, Linda Allen, 539-2406; WREC, Waterford Memorial, Alda McCabe, 583-2559; and Haki-SACC, Harrison, in partnership with Harrison Town Recreation. .

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