November 22, 2019

Summer recreation program offered to Rose City area kids

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ROSE CITY — The Rose City area’s longtime summer recreation program is returning, with plenty planned to keep kids busy.

The All Ages Summer Recreation Program is held Mondays through Thursdays from July 1 to Aug. 1 at the Rose City Middle School. It is organized each year by the city of Rose City and Cumming, Rose, Hill and Klacking townships. Program board Chairperson Gloria Neubecker, who is also the representative for Klacking Township, said the program originated sometime in the 1970s.

“It’s a safe place for kids to go who don’t have a place to go,” she said. “With parents working they could be staying home by themselves. They’re also exercising, going outside and playing games in the gym. They’re doing crafts. There is some learning, just not structured. It’s for kids who don’t really have any interaction with kids or a place to go in the summer.”

Neubecker said this year there are more activities planned, including presentations from the Rose City fire and police departments, a Michigan State University Extension presentation on nutrition, a bank presentation on savings and a local man teaching kids how to make balloon animals. Also new this year, the kids will be going to the Rifle River Recreation Area on Thursdays and participating in activities organized by the park’s explorer guide.

She said while there used to be more kids in the area at one time, the program still tends to have around 100 participants, with an average of 50-60 attending each day.

There is a one-time registration fee of $15, or $25 for those outside of the participating municipalities, and kids can sign up at any time. Registration forms can be picked up at the door. Daily attendance is not required — kids can come only one or a few days, or all days, with no variation in cost.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided, and activities are geared toward kids ages 5 and older. The program is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Neubecker said the summer recreation program is included in the municipalities’ annual budgets, with funding also coming from registration fees and sponsorships from area businesses and organizations. The municipalities hire three employees for the program.

To keep track of what activities will be hosted and the menu being offered, check the All Ages Summer Recreation Program Facebook page each week. Registration forms can be picked up at the door. For more information, call Gloria Neubecker at 989-685-2933.

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