Lisa Hunter/Viking - Coach Kevin Motoyasu teaches the tennis for peewee and beginners class on Tuesday, June 10.
Lisa Hunter/Viking – Coach Kevin Motoyasu teaches the tennis for peewee and beginners class on Tuesday, June 10.

By Lisa Hunter / Staff Writer

 

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The 44th annual Summer Youth Recreation Program was conducted at LBCC from June 23–July 31. Families with children ages 4 through 13 were allowed to register two months in advance. College budget cuts resulted in a four-day Summer session, but many programs were extended by an hour to compensate.
The Summer curriculum, taught by coaches from LBCC athletic teams, included tennis, golf and fitness instruction and sports camps for boys and girls. Director Jenny Sears supervised all aquatic activities.
Many parents of children enrolled in the program were once attendees themselves and individuals and siblings return year after year.
Chris Ruiz, the program’s director, said, “The program is a long standing tradition that is deeply rooted in the community. The kids enjoy it, the parents know that they are in a safe place and they know they are going to have a good time. It’s awesome,” Ruiz said.
One parent, Kevin Stiles, said the program is convenient for his family since they live close by. His daughter Kaitlin attended the program this Summer and his older daughter, Samantha, The program is a long standing tradition that is deeply rooted in the community. The kids enjoy it, the parents know that they are in a safe place and they know they are going to have a good time. It’s awesome,” Ruiz said.
“The program is a long standing tradition that is deeply rooted in the community. The kids enjoy it, the parents know that they are in a safe place and they know they are going to have a good time. It’s awesome,” Ruiz said.
When she was younger.  Stiles said he likes that his daughter had quite a few friends from school that also attended the program. “The program keeps the kids busy and gives them something to do cause you can’t always entertain them all the time,” He said.
The Little Vikes extended supervision program offered childcare before and after scheduled events from 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Activities included arts and crafts, games, movie time, open swim, and outdoor activities like soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Javier Ruiz, director of Little Vikes daycare, said, “The program is awesome summer fun. … “I like when the kids enjoy their time here and when their parents come, they ask if they could stay a little bit longer. That tells us that we’re doing something great here and that they are really enjoying their time here because they choose to stay longer rather than go home.”
The daycare director said many employees who work on campus bring their children to the daycare because of its convenient location. Ruiz planned to take the kids on a tour of the campus, especially to the LBCC theater and the culinary art department.
Although the programs focus is on summertime fun and not academics, the children are encouraged to write a daily journal entry about their time spent at the center.  “It’s nice being on a college campus because it allows the kids to get a feel for what its like being a college student,” he said.