ELYC summer program gets overhauled

ELIZABETHTOWN The Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commissions summer program is getting a make-over. The popular program, which offers six weeks of activities for Elizabethtown, Lewis and New Russia youth, is being re-vamped by members of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission (ELYC) board to provide a more engaging experience for area youth. Karin DeMuro, secretary of the ELYC, has been coordinating the overhaul. She said the most noticeable change would be in the arts and crafts program. The program will go beyond crayons and coloring, seeking to engage the day campers in a variety of art mediums. Projects might include working on pinatas, t-shirts, clay and origami. Everyones going to be busy from the moment they get there until they leave, said DeMuro. Theyre not going to just sit there and theyll end up with a nice memory. A special class on photography, to be taught by Laura Sells Doyle, is also added. The two-week program will have limited enrollment. There will also be the programs traditional baseball program, and a swimming program. A weekly activity day, where all campers participate, is being planned. Activities might include car washes, water days, and karaoke. Weekly trips are also being planned. PJ Pulsifer, chairperson of the ELYC, said the programs restructuring had been accomplished by reviewing surveys collected by former participants and their families. The plan is to try to hit the most families we have while being realistic with our budget and staff, said Pulsifer. This years program will run from Monday, July 2 through Friday, Aug. 10, running from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School. Toni Mowery, a teaching assistant at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, has been hired as the program director. Six counselors and an assistant director will also be hired. Pulsifer and DeMuro both noted that due to the overhaul in the program, people must pre-register for the program. Theres no opportunity for registration on the first day of the program, said Pulsifer. Four registration nights two at the Elizabethtown town hall and two at the Lewis town hall will be held at the end of May and early June. Dates will be announced. The program has a one-time registration fee of $20 to offset the costs of activities and transportation.

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