Moms Wild About Summer Recreation

Harried moms whose kids start climbing the walls a few days after school's out this summer should be "Wild About Nature." That's the theme of the new 2005 summer recreation program open to all students from first grade through high school. It will be offered at 19 local school playgrounds June 22 through July 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Besides popular sporting events, field trips, games, activities and craft making, students will enjoy barbecues, talent shows, reading books and learning cheerleading techniques. But the best may be collecting bugs and other hands-on activities at the El Dorado Nature Center. Nature walks will be held at local parks, along with a Fishing Derby at El Dorado Park, a track meet at Millikan High School and a talent show at the band shell in Recreation Park. "We have something for everyone that will be educational and enjoyable," said Jodi Metz, school recreation supervisor. She stressed that the supervised activities are free, and selected locations will offer free lunch. But it should not be considered as custodial care. "It is a drop-in program. Our doors close at 4 p.m. and parents should have a back up if their child needs a ride home. "Donations of craft supplies, games, books and food for the fun summer barbecues are all gratefully accepted," Metz said. "Each school's recreation leader will be sending home a wish list to help make this year's summer recreation the best ever." Participating locations include Barton, Birney, Bixby, Buffum, Fremont, Gant, Garfield, International, Longfellow, MacArthur, Madison, McKinley, Muir, Newcomb, Prisk, Riley, Sutter, Tincher and Webster schools. A student does not have to be enrolled at one of these schools to enjoy these summer activities.