dirt and seeds that the children would later plant.
Other themes include “wildlife explorer week,” where the kids will go on a scavenger hunt, make leaf prints, and make firefly jars, and “travel week,” where they’ll play games and eat food from different parts of the world, as well as learn new dances and make candy sushi.
Alexandria, who’s cheery and full of energy, graduated from Wilkes University with a degree in elementary education in 2011. The Larksville native has been working as a substitute teacher in various districts since, and was looking for the perfect summer job.
“Ever since I was little, I’d play with my younger cousins and brother and I always used to be in charge and play school…” Alexandria remembered. “What I was really looking for this summer was to use my degree and be able to be outside and enjoy the summer.”
Leigh Anne, also friendly and enthusiastic, is studying education at Kutztown University. She too had always aspired to be a teacher and was hoping to find a summer job where she could work with kids in her hometown of Mountain Top.
“When I was in the fifth grade, my math teacher was amazing and I thought, ‘I want to be like him when I grow up,’” she said. Getting to work with children all summer while studying to be a teacher works perfectly for her, she added.
The program, for children ages six to 12, separates the kids by ages for various activities, which include arts and crafts, sports, playground time, and swimming. Five camp counselors work at the park, in addition to Alexandria and Leigh Anne. Children attending can bring a bag lunch or purchase hot and cold food from the park’s concession stand.
As of last week, 28 children had signed up for the long-running program, Alexandria said, but she expected more to join since school is now over. Parents can sign up their children, $100 for the first child and $75 for the second or third, until July 3.
Children attending the program will also be taken by bus on field trips throughout the summer. With a Disney-themed week, Alexandria related, she hopes to take the kids to the movies.
The program will conclude with an overnight campout and talent show. “It’s going to be a really fun year,” Alexandria concluded. “The kids will go home happy every day.”