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SKW to host free summer kids program

May 7, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point is holding pre-registration for its summer program for teens in Clay County.
The free program for kids ages 12-17 will be held in two sessions — one in June and one in July. The program will be from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning June 3 for the first session and July 1 for the second. Transportation and an afternoon snack will be provided.
SKW Resource Center Assistant Kizzy WIlliams said that space is limited for the program, with 12 spaces available kids in June and 12 in July.
“We do this to help kids learn how to communicate positively and build their self esteem,” Williams said. “We’ll do life-skill training and talk about relationships, positive self esteem and goal setting.”
She said the kids will also talk about resume building and visit local schools.
“We’ll visit East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi State University,” she said. “We go so they can learn about the different colleges and see what their interests are.”
She said participants will also go through a meal-planning class to teach them about preparing healthy meals and snacks.
SKW Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said while there is a target demographic for children that could potentially be at risk, the program is for children in the entire community.
“It’s a way for kids to have access to a lot of things they wouldn’t normally be able to in the summer,” Usry said.
She said the program is funded through a Basic Center Federal Grant, so there is no out of pocket cost for SKW or for the parents.

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