Youth­tube’s sum­mer high­lights

Kids have fun out­side in the Clarenville area

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY ROX­ANA GREEN SPE­CIAL TO THE PACKET Rox­ana Green is the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Youth­tube, Clarenville and Area Com­mu­nity Youth Net­work.

It’s hard to be­lieve that sum­mer is over and kids are al­ready back to school. It seems like this sum­mer went by so fast, and it cer­tainly feels that way when you are hav­ing fun.

We had a great sum­mer pro­gram at the Clarenville and Area Com­mu­nity Youth Net­work. We reg­is­tered 26 kids, ages eight to 12, for the eight-week pro­gram.

At the be­gin­ning of July, we had the visit of the Depart­ment of Oceans & Fish­eries, who made a pre­sen­ta­tion about ma­rine life. They also ex­plained the work they do ev­ery­day.

A few of the kids al­ready showed a lot of in­ter­est and I won’t be sur­prised if they de­cide to take this ca­reer path in the fu­ture.

We also vis­ited Forestry NL — a visit that the kids en­joyed very much.

They learned about for­est fires and also re­for­esta­tion, and they also had the chance to plant trees us­ing the equip­ment they use.

As Youth­tube is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, we rely on lo­cal busi­nesses and com­pa­nies to sup­port and spon­sor our pro­grams, and we want to thank Sobeys for or­ga­niz­ing a bar­be­cue fundraiser where all the pro­ceeds were do­nated to us. Not to men­tion, all the fun the kids had help­ing out.

Paint­ing, gar­den­ing, hikes to bare moun­tain and na­ture walks were also part of the ac­tiv­i­ties that we en­joyed.

Dur­ing the month of Au­gust, the kids en­joyed the visit to the fire hall, where they tried on the fire­fight­ers’ suit and mask and took an up-close look of the inside of a fire truck.

And be­cause health and well­ness is also an im­por­tant piece of our man­date, we had the visit of Tracey Flem­ing from ERCAV to talk about the im­por­tance of hav­ing healthy friend­ships, games, ac­tiv­i­ties and a spe­cial meal was added to the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Vis­its to the play­ground, out­door zumba, sports and themed par­ties com­pleted the month of Au­gust.

A big thank you to all par­ents for choos­ing us as the place for your kids to spend the sum­mer, and also big thanks to Emily, Rachel and Robert, our stu­dents who run this sum­mer pro­gram.

Now that Septem­ber is here, we are back to of­fer­ing our free af­ter school pro­grams. To join us, just drop by our cen­tre and fill up a reg­is­tra­tion form. Bring friends with you!

Our pro­grams run Mon­day to Fri­day from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit our web­site: www.youth­tube­cyn.com or like our FB page: Youth­tube co­or­di­na­tor to get our lat­est cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties. Wish­ing all the kids and youth a great school year 2017-2018.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Youth­tube kids on a hike this past sum­mer.

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