Local organization donates to park rec program

The City of Borger Park Recreation Program has gotten a huge boost as it prepares to kick off this June.Hutchinson County Cares recently gave a donation of $5,000 on behalf of the city’s program. Tony Powell, Jim Bridwell, Jerri Aylor, and Toby Nutter presented the money to Annadon Keys, supervisor of the Johnson Park Youth Center.Keys said because of the donation, children from Fritch and Stinnett will be allowed to attend the program absolutely free this year.“They are such a wonderful program that truly reaches out to the children of our community,” she said. “Through their donation we are able to hire additional aides for the program.”However, she said the program has run into a big problem this year. The City of Borger will be unable to bus children to and from Huber Park. She said she is hopeful that the Stinnett and Fritch schools or local churches in the community might be able to help with this issue, and encourages citizens to get in touch with her if they are interested in helping.Early signups for the program will continue this weekend, being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JPYC. Parents can also get their children signed up at anytime during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Keys said that paperwork on each child must be filled out before he or she is allowed to participate. There will be a white bracelet on file for each child with their name and a signature from a JPYC supervisor on the bracelet signifying permission for them to attend the program.There is paperwork that needs to be filled with both the parent and child present and a photo will be taken of the child to be kept on file by the City of Borger in the case of an emergency situation.Keys said the program is free and reaches out to children who are in first through seventh grades.All meals and snacks are provided free of charge by a grant from the Borger Independent School District.The program will run from June 6 until July 29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The city is offering more bus stops for the children this year to reach more children and prevent them from walking a long distance to a bus stop.Children will board the bus and be returned to their respective bus stops, and must be at their stop five minutes before pickup. All buses will be color coded and the children will receive the same color wristband as they board the bus. Children who are dropped off at the park and parents will be picking them up will receive a white wristband.Keys said it is imperative that the children leave their wristbands on while at park recreation. Children must be dropped off no later than 9 a.m. at the park for the program, and there are no exceptions to this rule. When inclement weather is an issue, children will be taken to the Johnson Park Youth Center for emergency pick-up by parents.In addition to planned activities, the children will also have the park and water park area to play in, with supervision.Children are asked to dress appropriately. All clothing must exhibit good taste and contain no obscene or offensive words or pictures. Keys will be the judge of proper attire. On swimming days, children must have a swimming suit and towel or they will not be allowed to swim. No cut-off jeans, swimwear with plastic or metal rivets, or swimwear with see through material when wet or dry will be allowed.The City of Borger provides staff members and many extras, which include watermelon, popcorn, popsicles, snow cones, etc., and donates facilities at JPYC and its employees (swimming, gym, youth center).To find out more about the City of Borger’s park recreation program for this year, call Keys at 231-8979 or 275-9014.