Cherokee County children looking for something constructive to do over the summer have a new option, said Cherokee County Summer Youth Program Director Gloria Mays. The new program will run from June 7 to August 13.

“The kids will be involved in arts and crafts, swimming, volleyball, basketball, math, reading, science and will even go out to do a leaf collection,” Mays said. “All children in the county from five to 14 are invited to participate.”

This inclusive program, she added, will cost $12 each day from Monday through Friday, paid each week for as many days as a parent expects the child to participate in. Mays said the $12 price tag is far cheaper than similar programs in the county and includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

It all happens at the Lon Morris College Recreation Center, which will serve as a base camp for the group’s activities. Mays said she doesn’t know how many will attend, but added the program does have a set goal.

“Our goal is to take at least 100 kids off the streets of Jacksonville and put them in a positive environment,” she said.

Mays said the program will provide a safe place for children to interact with each other and not forget the  lessons they were taught in school.

She said she wanted to remind parents June was proclaimed as Save Our Children of Cherokee County month, with proclamations given by Governor Rick Perry, Senator Robert Nichols and Jacksonville Mayor Dr. Robert Haberle.

“We are encouraging parents to be volunteers,” she said. “If local businesses want to offer their support we appreciate it as it helps disadvantaged children who can’t afford to pay the $12 daily cost.”

Any wanting more information can contact Mays at 903-283-6089.

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