Portales Recreation Summer Youth Program to begin Monday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Portales area youth will once again have the opportunity to participate in the Portales Recreation Summer Youth Program, set to begin on Monday.

A variety of games and activities will be offered during the two four-week sessions of the program. Activities will range from sports games to swimming to taking field trips to Clovis, said Portales Recreation Center director Johnny Ledbetter.

“We have all kinds of activities and games we do,” Ledbetter said.

Entering it’s third year, the summer program has been funded through a grant provided by the Hubbard Foundation, in Ruidoso. In the past three years, the program has received $15,000. This is the last year that the program will receive the funding, but it has allowed the summer program to reach a point where the program will be self sufficient and can continue on, Ledbetter said.

“Without them (Hubbard Foundation), it would be very hard to support the summer program. We owe the Hubbard Foundation a great deal of thanks,” Ledbetter said.

The half-day program runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. During the cooler hours of the morning, participants will spend more time outdoors. Once it begins to get hot they will move inside. During each day, the children will be fed a snack and lunch will be provided by the Portales Municipal Schools, Ledbetter said.

Another aspect of the program will be a nutrition class that will be taught by a nutritionist, once a week. A self defense instructor will also teach the Stranger Danger program to the younger children and self defense to the older children, Ledbetter said.

“It’s really a pretty good program. They (participants) do a lot of stuff,” Ledbetter said.

For 9-year-old Nathaniel Lucero, this will be his second summer to participate in the program. The best part of the program for Lucero, is getting to go to Roller World and Casel-Land and getting to swim, he said.

“I like all of it,” Lucero said.

At a glance

What: Portales Recreation Center Summer Youth Program

When: First Session: June 4-29

Second Session: July 2-28. Closed July 4.

Where: 1001 W. 18th St.

Time: 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday

Cost: Each session requires a non-refundable registration of $10.

The cost of the program is $15 per week, with $25 due at registration.

Age Groups: 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13

Information: 356-8598.