Summer Playground is an annual sign in Milford that summer is officially underway. The Milford Parks & Recreation program that began as a partnership with the Milford School District in the 1960’s, is aimed to keep students moving as part of a healthy lifestyle initiative.
Camp Supervisor Greg Holstein has been a part of the program for over 22 years. As a recently retired teacher, of more than 40 years, Holstein has seen the continuing need for this program after the final school bell rings for summer break.
“[Summer Playground] keeps kids active after school is over,” said Holstein. “We create a safe environment where kids can feel comfortable to be themselves and play with others.”
The program takes place for five weeks during the summer at Mispillion Elementary School, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Campers have various activities like board games, indoor bowling, arts and crafts and outdoor games to keep them active.
The success of the program speaks for itself as may campers have become volunteers for the program and even camp counselors when they reach a working age. Emily Holstein, an upcoming senior at Milford High School, was a previous camper, a volunteer for two years and is now a camp counselor for her second summer.
“I still think back to the trips we took and the fun we had those summers,” said Emily. “We made a lot of memories and that’s what we want to do for these kids.”
Located daily in the Mispillion Elementary School’s gym, cafeteria and playground, the students often go to other locations such as Lewes Beach, State Parks and local museums. There are still several openings for the last four weeks of Summer Playground. Interested parents are encouraged to visit the City of Milford website at http://cityofmilford.com/127/Parks-Recreation or call Milford Parks and Recreation at 302-422-1104.
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