by Nicole Reitz
The Hannibal Summer Rec Program will begin its third year Monday, July 8 with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
The program is open to children in the Hannibal Central School District in grades kindergarten through fourth. Parent supervision is required and siblings in fifth or sixth grade are also welcome to participate.
The free recreation program will run for six weeks until Aug. 16 at the Hannibal Town Hall Park and Pavilion. Program hours are Monday through Friday with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and games and activities from 1 to 3 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., children will be outdoors for different daily programming. The courtroom will be used, depending on availability, in case of inclement weather.
Children are able to enjoy free breakfast and lunch as part of Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services. Ordering meals (one day in advance) can be arranged by calling AmeriCorps worker Joanna Hirsch at 806-9542.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., children will visit the Hannibal Free Library for their summer reading program.
Pam Marion from Cornell Cooperative Extension will have a program Thursday, July 25 entitled “Rethink your Drink.” Children will learn how much sugar is in their beverages.
Children will learn soccer techniques in the first week of the recreation program, since the beginning of July coincides with the World Cup.
“We, as AmeriCorps workers, focus on health and nutrition,” said 300-hour summer worker Kayleigh Troia. “That will be the background to most of the activities we do.”
Other programming includes planting beans, sun safety with color changing bracelets, dry and wet Olympics and learning about nutrition through MyPlate.