LOUISVILLE - This year students participating in the towns summer recreation program will be taken to the town beach every day, instead of just on Tuesdays and Thursdays as they have been in the past.
In the past kids have always asked about going to the beach more, so were going to give this a try and see how it works out, Recreation Director Judy A. Porter said.
Students picked up at their homes are initially taken to the Louisville Arena each morning, where activities are held from 10 a.m. to noon. Students are then bussed to Jefferson Elementary in Massena for lunch before being transported to the town beach until 3 p.m.
They come out of the water at 3 p.m., Mrs. Porter said. It then takes a little while for them to get ready, but when theyre ready then we come back.
Each Wednesday students are then taken on field trips, ranging from mini-golf to the movies, bowling or skating.
The students will even be meeting on the Fourth of July.
There are a lot of kids who dont have anything to do on the Fourth of July, Mrs. Porter said, adding that day though students will have to bring a bagged lunch because the school will be closed.
The program runs Monday through Thursday now through Aug. 9 and is open to students in the town of Louisville entering kindergarten and older.
And everything, including lunch, is free, unless there is a field trip that day.
The only charge we have is if we go on a field trip, but its usually very minimal, Assistant Director Sandy M. Robinson said, using mini-golf at a cost of $2.50 as an example.
Pick up in the Louisville area is available by calling 842-2388.
Mrs. Porter said a typical day will include somewhere between 20 and 30 children, but theyre hoping to see their numbers grow, at least a little bit.
We do have a smaller group, so we can do more one on one activities, Mrs. Robinson said, adding they frequently do arts and crafts projects.
The girls love beads and scrap booking, she said.
While students should be prepared to go to the beach each day, in the event of inclement weather Mrs. Porter said they will stay at the arena, where indoor activities can be held.