Rounding Out the Summer

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More than 170 students had the opportunity to fill their summer mornings with sports, crafts, friends and games at the district’s annual Summer Round-Out Program, which has been offering summer activities to students for more than 30 years.

The program, held at Albert G. Prodell Middle School, ran from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for five weeks, giving parents an opportunity to run errands while their children played in a supervised environment.

Grouped by age, the students participated in crafts, outdoor sports and themed activities, with high school and college students acting as their counselors.

One of those counselors was high school senior Danny Blake, who has worked for the program for four years, this summer helping with the second-graders. “It’s nice to work with the kids,” he said. In his group of students were Grace Minarik and Elizabeth Finter, both of whom enjoyed the program.  

“We do a lot of fun stuff,” said Elizabeth. “My favorite part is gym,” added Grace.

Assistant recreation specialist Ann Wynkopp noted that one new feature in the program this year was the Whittle Gym, brought over from Briarcliff Elementary. The gym contains a series of ropes, ladders and platforms that the students can climb.