June 1, 2004 – The school year is almost over, and parents are turning their attention to choosing a fun and safe program for their children to attend during summer. For the second year, the Sunny Isles Shopping Center teamed up with, Sen. Ronald E. Russell, the chairperson of the senate Education and Youth Committee, to bring representatives of organizations presenting summer activities together in a one-day exposition.
Summer camps offering activities ranging through sports training, arts and crafts, and education reinforcement participated in the expo held on Saturday in the plaza at Sunny Isles Shopping Center.
Parents browsed through booths and tables, and listened to the organizers sell the advantages of their particular program. The children tagged along collecting balloons, pens, promotional bags and other giveaways. Many agreed that the summer expo was a good way to evaluate summer programs comprehensively.
The Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation is offering a sports training program this summer to teach children ages seven to 15 the sports of basketball, baseball, boxing and volleyball. The program also offers steel pan playing and a computer lab. Deputy Commissioner Ophelia Jackson said the program was first offered last year and it was a great success. Jackson says that some students dont need academic enrichment over the summer and that children who participate in summer sports programs are "physically stronger and mentally prepared" for another school year.
Little Buddies summer program caters to toddlers to elementary school children. The program includes swimming, bowling and sign language lessons as well as math and English tutoring. The children participate in cultural field trips and learn sewing and modern dance.
Most programs serve hot lunches and some offer scholarships to defray costs to parents.
Below is a list of programs that participated in the summer camp expo.
– Beeston Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church Summer camp – June 21 to July 30 – call 773-1017.
– Boys and Girls Club Summer Sun Summer Camp – June 21 to Aug. 6 – call 778-8990.
– Church of God Holiness Academy Summer Reinforcement Program – June 21 to July 30 – call 773-8740
– Danica Art Gallery Creative Adventure Summer Art Program – June 21 to July 30 – call 719-6000 or 773-4912
– Department of Housing Parks and Recreation Summer Sports Program – 6-week program begins June 21 – call 773-0271
– Discover St. Croix Summer Camp – four sessions July – August – call 772-0598
– Juan F. Luis Hospital Asthma Camp – call -778-6311 ext. 2182
– Life and Light Summer Camp – June 14 to July 30 – call 778-3343
– LBDC Professional Institute – Computer courses for students 12 to18 – call 778-0660
– Little Buddies Development Center Summer Camp – six to ten weeks beginning June 14 – call 778-0660
– Police Athletic League Summer Program – July 1 to Aug. 15 – call 778-2211
– Prankton United Sports Club Youth Soccer Training Camp – June 21 to July 30 – call 778-5172
– Sunflower Summer Fun Splash Camp – June 21 to Aug. 1 – call 772-2881 or 772-4812
– Youth With a Promise Summer Camp – June 21 to Aug. 6.
For more information on summer camps call Sunny Isles Shopping Center at 778-5830.
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