Summer programs keep kids active and learning


The Washington Recreation Center offers art, computer and reading programs.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

School’s out for summer and suddenly the schedules of kids across Gulf County have freed up.

For parents and guardians who are shackled to the 9-to-5 year round, the first question in mind is how to keep the little ones busy. Luckily, Port St. Joe offers three great summer programs to keep kids occupied and the learning process going.

The 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program, run by Elementary Principal Designee, Jo Clements, took place at the Port St. Joe Elementary School and ran Monday through Thursday for the month of June.

The program welcomed students in grades kindergarten through sixth with over 80 enrolled. The program’s curriculum covered science, reading, art, music and math. 21st Century even provided an hour of music and art each day to explore creative avenues for children.

Now in its twelfth year of operation, the Port St. Joe STAC house, operated by Jewell Hopper, runs programs for elementary students weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon ET and for middle school students from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

The STAC house has plenty to keep kids occupied during daytime hours with pool tables, foosball and plenty of video games, board games and coloring books. Kids are encouraged to get physical with activities like foursquare, basketball or a romp around the on-site playground.

The money that kids spend at the snack bar goes toward purchasing more entertainment for those long summer days.

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