A summer of discoveries in Island Park
Island Park students are enjoying a summer filled with discoveries and excitement, thanks to another educational and action-packed summer recreation program hosted by the Island Park Public Schools and facilitated through the Recreation Department. For five consecutive weeks in July and early August, students are provided with a variety of opportunities that foster learning, physical activity, creativity and friendships.
This year’s attendance is strong, with 266 students participating as either campers or counselors-in-training. Twenty-four seventh- through 10th-graders are developing important leadership skills as CITs, helping counselors to provide a safe and enriching camp experience to students from pre-K through sixth grade.
Among the program’s highlights are arts and crafts, theater arts, athletics, computer activities and a Wii room. Younger children engage in story times that promote literacy, and theme days involving silly socks, crazy hats and zany hair that bring an appreciation for individuality, sense of school spirit and plenty of smiles.
The summer experience also consists of field trips to locations such as the library, Queens Zoo, Country Fair and Shell Creek Park that inspire learning through inquiry and exploration. Other destinations include Hot Skates, Bounce U and Rockville Centre Lanes bowling.
Swim instruction continues to be a critical aspect of the program, establishing water safety practices among children of this coastal community. Each age group visited Masone Beach once a week, during which swim safety and lessons were offered as well as activities, including kayaking.
The program will culminate with Spirit Week, for which students have been busy creating banners and practicing cheers to support their teams. A Parent Night, scheduled for Aug. 2, will feature performances of shows including the “Lion King,” “Peter Pan,” “Shrek,” “Annie” and “Hairspray.”