Summer programs keep kids active and learning

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

Hopper, who works in the gym at the elementary school, enjoys being able to interface with the younger kids who will be making the transition from kindergarten to first grade.

“It’s nice for them to see a friendly face in the school,” she said.

In addition to five employees, seniors from Gulf County High Schools can apply for paid positions over the summer months.

Recent Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School grad Carley Clements spent her second summer working at the STAC house. She also volunteered at the 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program.

“Being with kids runs in my blood,” said Clements, referencing her mother, Jo. “It’s a great mix of people, and though everyone comes from a different background, you learn the importance of treating everyone the same.”

At its peak, the STAC house welcomed 52 children for the summer. Parents can call the STAC house to register their youngsters.

Over at the Washington Recreation Center coordinators Johanna White and Sandy Quinn celebrated the third year of their summer program. This year, they played host to 70 kids, ages 5-17, with the mission of education and providing one hot meal each day.



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