Denmark Summer Recreation Program served 120 children this year

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Denmark Summer Recreation Program served 120 children this year

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Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes of the Denmark Police Department talks to some of the participants in this year’s Denmark Summer Recreation Program about the dangers of underage drinking.

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Detra Salley-Bruce, left, of the USDA feeding program, left, and volunteer Adrienne Johnson prepare spaghetti, corn and fruit cups for children attending the Denmark Summer Recreation Program at Denmark Technical College. A daily average of 80 youths participated in the city-sponsored program.

DENMARK -- Mildred Smith, director of the City of Denmark Summer Recreation Program has watched the program double in the six summers she has been directing it. The program is co-sponsored by Denmark Technical College.

Smith said she was a little discouraged in 2011 when the program began with only 40 kids participating. The 2018 program, however, had served approximately 80 children when it ended a couple of weeks ago.

“We have averaged 80 children and youth a day this summer,” Smith said, noting that 120 children registere d but not all of them could attend each day.

Highlights through the years have included having a boxer come in and teach the children boxing and a barber who came in and trimmed the children’s hair, she said.

This summer, the Bamberg County Clemson Extension agent made ice cream for the kids and Denmark Fire Department personnel provided a cool-water splash for them, along with other activities.

In addition, officers of the Denmark Police Department presented programs on the dangers of underage drinking and anti-bullying initiatives. The officers gave the participants pencils, wristbands, and lanyards.

Those from the Denmark PD taking part were Training Officer Sgt. Calvin Murray, Police Chief Leroy Grimes and Victim's Advocate Brittany Williams.

Anna Chappelle, one of the recreation program assistants, played basketball, kickball and soccer and enjoyed other outdoor activities. They also watched movies.

“Sometimes if the weather is not a good match, we will have the children and youth watch a movie or have other indoor activities,” Chappelle said.

In addition, the kids enjoyed art activities during the program.

Linda Aiken, a North Middle High School art teacher who has worked with the recreation program for three years, assisted the children with a wall-hanging made from recycled CDs, spoons and tea lights.

“The tea light bulb is glued to the middle of the CD, which they paint,” she said.

Aiken said they glued recycled, painted spoons around the circumference of the CD, creating a sunbeam-like pattern.

“Some of the other crafts were tie-dying, relief painting, crayon resist painting, vegetable printing (printing with paints using cut-up vegetables as natural stamps) and weaving projects, among others,” she said.

“The older ages did glass bottle painting,” Aiken added.

The Denmark Summer Recreation Program was also able to offer lunch to the p articipating children through a U.S. Department of Agriculture feeding initiative.

Detra Salley-Bruce of the USDA said the agency serves four sites in Bamberg County. She said she suggested the Denmark Summer Recreation Program become one of the feeding sites.

Source: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark

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