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Brasher-Stockholm summer recreation program begins July 14

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BRASHER FALLS - Rain or shine, the 2014 Brasher-Stockholm summer recreation program promises something for every student.

The program, which begins July 14 and runs Monday through Thursday until Aug. 7, is open to students entering grades two through seven. It’s held at St. Lawrence Central Elementary School.

“We have a lot of exciting activities planned. We’re doing a few new programs,” Program Director Alaina Goodrich said.

Among the new offerings, she said, is a drama workshop mini-camp that will be held in the afternoon for two weeks. It’s similar to a program that’s offered during the school year, Ms. Goodrich said.

“I work with kids in the after-school program. They have a ball. We thought we would let the kids do it again over the summer,” she said.

A Zumba workshop will also be held during the summer recreation program.

Both the drama and Zumba workshops are optional and will be held during a portion of afternoon swim time. There’s also a garden workshop for those who are interested, allowing them to keep the school garden maintained during the summer.

The program will offer three free trips this year. They’ll take part in an optional Azure Mountain hiking trip from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. July 24, an optional Robert Moses Nature Center trip from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. July 17 and a beach trip for all students from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. July 31.

In addition to the workshops and trips, students can participate in a number of activities each day, rain or shine, including swimming lessons, organized outdoor and indoor games, team-building activities, and arts and crafts. The afternoon sessions include about an hour-and-a-half of open swim time at a cost of 50 cents a day. That is the only charge for the program activities, according to Ms. Goodrich.

Participants report the gym at 10:25 a.m. each day, and buses are available to take students home at 3:15 p.m., or parents or guardians can pick their children up from the gym and pool room. All students are provided school lunch at no charge.

Students involved in the summer school program are also welcome to attend. They will be picked up by a recreation counselor at 11:45 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Ms. Goodrich said their participation numbers have been good in the past and expect them to be up again this summer.

“They’ve been about 115 the last couple of years. We’ve hired a couple of additional staff members. We have about 13 staff,” Ms. Goodrich said. “The younger kids seem to enjoy it. It encourages them to be active with a lot of physical activity games. They’re having fun and socializing.”

Registration forms are available on the district’s website, www.bfcsd.org,, and can be returned to the elementary or middle school main offices. She encourages parents or guardians to return the form as soon as possible or by the first day of the program.

For more information, contact Ms. Goodrich at 250-3629 or agoodrich@bfcsd.org.

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