Kids summer program wraps up

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By Ada Lang

Eighty-seven kids from the Cedar Key and Rosewood area have been lucky enough to attend the summer youth program at the school and are wrapping up this week.
Normally, the program runs longer, however this year, funding was only available for four weeks and the majority of it goes to pay $150 per day to the school for use of the gymnasium and one air conditioned room.
This summer, the kids, whose ages range from 4 and up, decided to build a playhouse out of used boxes. They made windows out of plastic containers and even made a mail box out of an old oatmeal carton. It is a true multi-use building because there is a kitchen inside and a theater ticket booth
Adults, Kathy Polk and Crystal Sharp, keep an eye on the kids and organize their activities. Sharp explained that they go to the library one day a week, fish with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commision, do a food craft and an art craft every day and on an off island trip, too.             They have been to Fanning Springs, the movies in Gainesville, laser tag and  bowling. They wrap up this Thursday with a trip to Wildwaters in Ocala and plenty of parents will be going along as chaperones.
They eat lunch two days a week in the cafeteria, however, oddly, they are not provided box lunches when they are off campus. So, Polk, Sharp and Miss Thelma McCain pay for their food out of pocket, as well as, some other concerned donors.
Parents only pay $10 for the entire program and for those who can’t afford even that, money is donated.