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Kids discover summer in the outdoors

Children in the Summer Discovery program played at Roberts Park Thursday. Pictured are, from left, Kaylei Miller and Ellie Garrison and, on top,Savannah Seeley. BRANDON TOWNSEND /For the News-Examiner

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - news@newsexaminer.com

The Summer Discovery Program has been using a variety of different activities to keep children active and interacting with each other since it began Monday.

Camp Coordinator Penny Pfieffer describes the program as a day camp intended to help children stay active through the summer without having to go to a gym. “Being indoors during the summer isn’t any fun,” she said.

The program’s activities are based on a weekly schedule. On Mondays and Fridays, Pfieffer and the program’s other instructors take the children to the Roberts Park pool. On Tuesdays, the children participate in Project Grow where they are educated in gardening. The children are taken to see a movie at Showtime Cinema on Wednesdays. Thursdays are days for the kids to go outdoors and have fun, according to Pfieffer.

The children went to the playground at Roberts Park on Thursday, where they played. Counselors interacted with the children by playing games or playing on the playground with them.

That afternoon, the children viewed a live performance by Imagine Performing Arts, a local theater organization. The performance featured a theme of kindness for the children. Kindness, friendships, and interaction are a vital part of the program’s purpose.

“For me, it’s all about developing relationships,” says Hunter Johns, a program counselor. “What’s important for me is to be a mentor and to teach kids how to create and maintain friendships.”

Children seemed enthusiastic about the program. “Thursdays are my favorite because we get to go outside and have fun,” said Kaylei Miller, a child who was recently enrolled in the program.

The program continues to accept new children. Parents or guardians interested in having their child participate mayregister at the John H. Miller Community Center. For more information, contact Connersville Parks and Recreation office at 765-825-5224.