It’s time for summer fun, the Counseling Center in conjunction with the Scioto County Community Action Organization (CAO) will be hosting the kick off cook out for their annual Summer Outreach Club.
The event will be held June 5 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the event, parents can enroll their children in the program. The Summer Outreach Club operates out of the 14th Street Community Center and serves children ages 5 through 12. The program runs nine weeks, June 5 through Aug. 4, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
“Many community partners join The Counseling Center to offer motivational, recreational and educational activities for our children all summer long. The day camp is free to everyone, and with the help of our partnership with Community Action Organization of Scioto County, all children receive breakfast and lunch while they are there and a backpack of food for the weekend,” said The Counseling Center’s Communications Officer, Gina Collinsworth. “The Summer Outreach Club is one of the longest-running prevention programs in the state of Ohio and most of the funding now comes from wonderful community support, through fundraisers like The Celebrity Chef Dinner and The Natural High 5K and Fitness Fest, which is coming up on June 24 at 8 a.m. at Earl Thomas Conley Park.”
For 28 years, the Summer Outreach Club has been going strong under the leadership of Clarence Parker, director of Prevention Services. This summer, Clarence is retiring, and will be handing the program off to new leadership under Portsmouth native, Corey Allison.
Allison studied Early Childhood Development at Shawnee State University. He is a former athlete and director of after school enrichment programs, including affiliations with YMCA, Toledo Inner City Youth Sports programs and after school enrichment programs.
“I’m really excited to get things going this summer. We’ve got a lot of exciting activities planned for the kids this summer,” explained Allison. “We’re going to be doing a summer reading program through the Portsmouth Public Library, so we’ll be taking trips there. Wes Banco bank will come in and will be doing youth financial readiness programs. I do basketball training under the Marshall Campus. They’ll be doing pottery, culinary cooking classes, trips to the pool and bookworm movie days at the Portsmouth Cinema. In order to get their tickets, they’ll turn in a small report about a book they select from the library. We’ll have guest speakers coming in from time to time. I’ve got a whole list, I could go on and on, we’re going to be doing so much. At the end, we’re going to be taking a big field trip to Magic Mountain in Columbus, it’s really going to be a fun time.”
Allison said looking forward to learning alongside the children and is anxious to see how the summer unfolds.
For more information, please call 740-353-1802.
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