The summer S.P.A.R.K. program wrapped up on Friday after a busy six weeks of activity.
S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Program for Arts and Recreation for Kids), ran from July 6 to August 19, was lead this year by Wellness and Leisure Summer Active Coordinator Anna Mae Morin and Program Assistant for the Grand Coteau Centre, Kinae Wallis.
Morin explained that the program enjoyed a lot of success this year, even with some challenging weather conditons that included extremely hot temperatures for much of the season before finishing under bouts of rain during the final week.
Camp sessions took place twice a week. There was a different theme each week, including sweet summer, pioneer (heritage), under the sea, outer space, what a wonderful world (nature), and pirate.
Special activities were organized for each theme, and snacks were also included in the sessions.
In fact, Morin said one of the things the kids enjoyed the most was seeing what the themed snacks were going to be each week and that their favourite themes were the pirate and the under the sea themes.
The S.P.A.R.K. program was a collaboration between two community organizations.
“It was a really good partnership between the Grand Coteau Centre and Wellness and Leisure," stated Morin. "We had access to a bunch of really good supplies and the Grand Coteau Centre was a great location to host the program.”
“We're really happy and grateful that we could hold it here this year,” she added.
The best part of the program for Morin was getting to see all the kids play and interact in a safe environment.
“The best part about SPARK was getting all the kids back together and being able to do fun activities without all of the COVID restrictions,” she smiled. “Just being able to see all their happy faces throughout the summer was nice."
"And we got to see lots of different kids come in and out as holidays came and went," she added. "So that was good - to meet a lot of the new kids around the community.”
Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard