Extended summer program to hold open registration

By Julie Fann
star staff

On Tuesday, the Elizabethton City Schools KIDS Challenge Summer Program for grades K-5 will hold an open registration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the entrance of Harold McCormick School, where the program will be held this year. Parents who want to register their child must be present during the specified time, due to a limited number of spaces.
   "Parents cannot call and have a spot reserved for their child. They must be present to register," said Angie Odom, Director of the Elizabethton City Schools Extended School Program. The summer program exists as a special service to families, and students from all city elementary schools are eligible to register.
   The cost of registration is $30, which includes all fees for field trips. After that, parents pay $11 per day for the program, which starts June 3 and ends Aug. 9. The daily fee includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Parents can drop off their children by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and by 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program ends at 6 p.m. every day of the week.
   Mondays will be designated as Health Day, and, each week, an employee of the University of Tennessee's Health Department will hold exercise and nutrition classes for the children. On Wednesdays, Character Day, kids will learn the importance of values such as respect and honesty. On Fridays, instructors will focus on creativity and various art projects.
   The program also has several field trips planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Instructors and students will journey to places such as Steele Creek Park, Bays Mountain, and Roan Mountain. Program participants will also attend an Elizabethton Twins game, and, afterward, players will spend time with the kids. Other scheduled field trips include a tour of Bristol Raceway, swimming at Franklin Pool, and Cosmic Bowling.
   To mark the end of the KIDS Challenge, instructors will hold a "Summer Olympics," an event which students will prepare for during each week's health and fitness classes. Judy Blevins, Superintendent of City Schools, said that she hopes the city school system will always be able to provide such a special program for children.
   "It's a planned program. Most of our workers are college students or college graduates," she said.