Summer kids program gets underway on June 27

By Meg Olson

This year’s summer program will be all about the ocean, according to leader Dori Sargent. “We will have all sorts of art and learning using things we can find at the seashore,” she said. “There will be lots to choose from!”

Sponsored by the Point Roberts Park and Recreation District, the program will run from June 27 to July 20 at the community center on Mondays and Tuesdays with a field-trip day on Wednesday. The program will not be held July 4. The mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. are for kids ages 6–9 and the afternoons from 1 to 3:30 p.m. are for kids ages 10–13.

Sargent, 54, holds a masters degree in therapeutic counseling with a specialty in children and youth. She has previously run therapeutic foster homes and was looking for another opportunity to work with children. She will be working with a team of seven counselors.

On Mondays and Tuesdays at the community center she is planning art projects related to her ocean theme, including T-shirt painting and shell crafts.

Ideas for Wednesday’s field trip activities include a treasure hunt and some beach art. “I think it would be great if, as a team, we built a great big orca on the beach,” Sargent said.

She also wants the summer to be an opportunity for some learning. “It would be good to learn a little about the whales that come by here,” Sargent said.

Registration for the program will occur on the first day or as kids want to join.

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