Communities In Schools reports on summer recreation program

Communities in Schools reported this week on the Montgomery County summer recreation program for children. CIS director Lynn Epps coordinated the program, and she told Montgomery County Commissioners Aug. 20 that scores of children participated at two sites, Page St. Elementary School in Troy and Green Ridge Elementary School in Biscoe.

Communities In Schools Executive Director Lynn Epps (left) is seen with volunteers collecting donated school supplies Aug. 10, 2013. (Johnny Almond photo)

Communities In Schools Executive Director Lynn Epps (left) is seen with volunteers collecting donated school supplies Aug. 10, 2013. (Johnny Almond photo)

Epps said the summer curriculum offered kids a variety of entertaining and informative activities, with opportunities to learn about things like safety, ecology, agriculture, health and nutrition, respect and character, and savings and finance. Field trips included the Sandhills Research Station, area peach farms and all the county library summer kids programs.

A reading component resulted in more than 2,200 books being read by participants, and children were also served breakfast and lunch each day.

Kathy Harris of Star, whose grandson, Henry, was a summer participant, told county commissioners the summer program created a invaluable experience for children and helped prepare them for future success.

“You had all races, all socioeconomic statuses – working together, learning together, playing together,” said Harris. “The activities Ms. Epps and her staff designed were things that will brighten the future for Montgomery County.”

Harris also had high praise for the work of the Communities in Schools staff.

“They did a remarkable job. I can’t say enough about the hard work and dedication that staff put into this program.”

Children were invited to the summer program through flyers sent home near the close of last school year, and current plans call for a continuation of the program in the summer of 2014.

Editor’s note: You can hear all of Lynn Epps’ presentation and Kathy Harris’ remarks as part of a full rebroadcast of the Aug. 20 meeting of Montgomery County Commissioners. It will air Sunday at 9 p.m. on WMTG, at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, online at http://www.wmtg.org, and with the TuneIn mobile app.

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