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Rain Doesn’t Dampen CYO Fun

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</p>Children in Catholic Charities' CYO Summer Program recently received special certificates for their participation in a very special games day.  Pictured above with their certificates in the front row from left are: D.Greenwood, D. Parkhurst, S. Heywood, M. Harter, D Richardson, A. Walts and M Szymanski. Back row from left are: S. Mills, B. Donahue, S. Beckwith, M Bardin, A. Anderson and T. Minahan.  The CYO Summer Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children ages 7 to 13 and is held Monday thru Friday, 9a to 3p through August 15th at Catholic Charities, 365 West First Street in Fulton.
Children in Catholic Charities' CYO Summer Program recently received special certificates for their participation in a very special games day. Pictured above with their certificates in the front row from left are: D.Greenwood, D. Parkhurst, S. Heywood, M. Harter, D Richardson, A. Walts and M Szymanski. Back row from left are: S. Mills, B. Donahue, S. Beckwith, M Bardin, A. Anderson and T. Minahan. The CYO Summer Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children ages 7 to 13 and is held Monday thru Friday, 9a to 3p through August 15th at Catholic Charities, 365 West First Street in Fulton.

July 11th was supposed to be a day for wet and wild fun in the sun for the children in the CYO Summer Program. However while clouds darkened the sky that day it couldn’t put a damper on the children’s fun as they enjoyed a day like none other. Participants formed three teams as they competed against each other in variety of games such as rainbow bingo, relays and a balloon sit.

“My favorite part of the day was the card game, and that everyone was having a lot of fun,” said Collin, a participant in the CYO Summer Program.  The card game that he spoke of seemed to be a favorite will all the kids. A deck of cards were spread out in the middle of the floor face down and the campers had to go find the next card of their suit in line starting with the ace and going up to the king.  CYO staff member, Kyle Coe said the children enjoyed their game day and the friendly competition,  “It was a fun day and the competition between the teams was very good.”

The day closed with a special award ceremony with each participant receiving a certificate.  “The award ceremony was very important to the children.  It made them feel special, which all of our kids that come here are,” said Margaret Thorpe, an AmeriCorps Member working with the CYO Summer Program.  “The certificate symbolizes all the effort that they put into the games that day.”

The CYO Summer Recreation Program is offered free of charge to children ages 7 to 13 and is held Monday thru Friday, 9a to 3 p through August 15th.  Children enjoy a variety of special events and activities designed to aid in the recreational development of youth in Fulton, as well as the surrounding communities of Oswego County.  Children may attend the CYO Summer Program daily, or whatever days they choose, however participation is limited to the first 75 children each day.

Children will also have the opportunity to discover the game of tennis with instructional classes to be held at the G. Ray Bodley tennis courts on every Thursday throughout the summer.  Tennis instruction is sponsored by the USTA through the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau.

A trained staff supervises all activities and assists all participants as needed to insure that they receive the full benefits of the program as well as help in their physical and mental development.

Children receive a free lunch daily through the USDA Summer Feeding Program sponsored by the Food Bank of Central New York.

Parent participation in the CYO Summer Program is encouraged and appreciated.  Parents are welcome to attend game and themed days, assist with the reading program, and become involved in the many activities that the program provides for their children including the annual talent show.

The CYO Summer Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the NYS Office of Children and Families, and the City – County Youth Bureau of Oswego County.  For more information on the program contact Jim Smiley, CYO Director at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.