Saturday, May 14, 2011

SRAC Teams Up For "Valley Kids Day"

Earlier this year, I asked to meet with the Valley Libraries to brainstorm and team up to create a summer program for our local children. The idea was that we would each sponsor a free program that would enhance the lives of our youth by bringing them cultural and arts programs right here in our Valley.

Sayre Library's Sue Robinson and Waverly Library's Melanie Moss took me up on the idea and we have been working on it ever since. The result is anew and very exciting series of events that our children can look forward to this summer! We are calling it "Valley Kids Day" and we want to thank Sue Robinson for asking the kids at Sayre's library for designing this year's logo! (shown above)

Recently we also contacted Sayre High School's Recreation Director, Dana Twigg who has agreed to integrate these programs into his summer programming which included over Valley 600 children from many school districts last year. The Waverly Recreation program will also take part in the Waverly library programs this summer as well.

The first of these events will be hosted by Sayre Library and will be centered around the national Summer Reading Program, themed "One World; Many Stories" and will be held on June 24th. The second event will be hosted by SRAC on July 2nd and will be the famous musician and puppeteer, Tom Knight. The third will be held on August 15th with Art Miller, "Professor Clutzo's Comedy from Around the World" by the Waverly Library.

As for SRAC's event, Dana Twigg says he will plan that the Sayre Recreation programming for the week prior to the Tom Knight puppeteer event will be dedicated to teaching the kids about creating puppets and the art of puppeteering and will end at the SRAC event with Tom Knight.

I want to thank EVERYONE who has been working to bring all of this together and look forward to our first year of our "Valley Kids Day" summer programming. I also hope that efforts such as this can bring more Valley organizations together as a team to work towards the betterment of our community all year round.

We are our children's examples - let's teach them every day what "COMMUNITY" means.

Stay tuned for more updates as we move forward with this in the weeks to come!

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