Summer can still be fun for preschoolers |

Summer can still be fun for preschoolers

Chyrise HarrisPost Independent Staff

Sure, summer means no more pencils, no more books and certainly no more of teachers dirty looks, but for preschoolers, summer can mean no more fun.But Barbara Park, preschool coordinator for the city of Glenwood Springs, has brought worlds of fun back to preschoolers.From H20 Day to a day in the wild west, Park and a variety of community members have planned a summer of bubbling laughter and awesome adventure for a most energetic population the 3- 6-year-olds.With the preschools closing for the summer, Park wanted to give kids a place to continue growing and learning with one another.Theyre so willing and happy to learn, Park said. Its just amazing to watch the wheels turning in their brains; they just suck everything in.Park said the activities bring everyone together, including moms dads, and even siblings. Mother of three Christine Young said her kids always look forward to the summer.We really enjoy it, and its been a really great thing for us to have something to do during the summer, Young said.If handfuls of preschoolers running down Slip-n-Slides, and circling on tricycles for hours on Wednesday afternoons sound chaotic, theres no need to worry. Park has solicited a group of individuals capable of taming their energy. They are the high schoolers, a group of teens Young said really care.They all do a great job, Young said. Theyre very involved and really take pride in what they do. They dont just do it for a job, and I think they really enjoy it.In fact, many of the locals involved in the programs do it just because they want to.I just love it, said volunteer Leah Mansfield. I love to hang out with little kids, and I have a lot of fun doing it.For parents who may still wonder whether teenagers can handle preschoolers, Mansfield has calming words: Every time that Ive worked there, the kids are smiling, and the staff is great. Theres no need to worry at all.Preschoolers can join in the special events from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Sayre Park or the Community Center Inline Rink.Contact Chyrise Harris: 945-8515, ext.

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