Time remains to sign up youth for the Town of Granville Summer Recreation Program organizers said recently.
The program will be led by directors Megan Mead along with about a half dozen helpers including Katie Beecher, Chanleigh Casey, Sarah Bixby, Meghan O’Brien, Julianne Edwards and Jamie Hicks.
The program will offer indoor and outdoor activities for children from 5 to 14 years of age between July 6 and Aug. 19, weekdays. The program will also offer arts and crafts, learning experiences and many other diversions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A number of kids are signed up now but Mead said the program has no maximum number for participation.
Parents can pick up an application form in the town hall if they don’t already have one.
Applications already went home with appropriately aged children from school. Enrollment and participation in the free program are completely up to the parents, organizers said. Kids can come for the entire summer every day or for just a few days out of the entire summer.
Students will gather at Granville Elementary school this summer, the traditional location for the program.
Parents for children ages 5 to 10 will need to sign their children in and out of the program, older kids who can get to and from the program on their own, those 11 to 14, can sign themselves in and out.
All students in the summer recreation program will need to have their own way of getting to and from the site.
Mead said the lunch program, provided by the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council will return to supply lunches for children who would like them. Parents should notify program directors or indicate whether they would like to receive a free lunch on their application form.
Rev. Jerry McKinney said concern among the local religious leaders that kids who take advantage of the free and reduced lunches at school don’t have an option over the course of the summer prompted creation of the program.
The lunches have been a hit with the kids, the director’s reported. Of the sixty or seventy kids who attend as many as 50 took advantage of the free lunch program. The counselors set up an assembly line table last year and the kids get to make their own lunches.
The ecumenical council provides bread and meat for sandwiches, chips, applesauce, fruit cups, juice boxes and chips for lunch.
As with the recreation program, everything is free, organizers said.
Kids can choose to take advantage of the lunch provided or go home to eat, Mead said.
Mead said some of the parents she spoke with as they brought kids to summer rec last year were not aware that Granville had a food pantry available to help families in need augment their food budgets.
The food pantry is located in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Bulkley Avenue in the village.