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Expo showcases summer programs

Kayla Carter • Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

When Landon Willis is out of school for the summer, Laura, his mother, likes to keep him busy.

Landon said he enjoys staying active during the summer especially with sports like basketball and football.

Laura said she likes to see Landon participate in programs that keep him active not only in body but also the mind.

“I want him just to be able to learn new things and experience new things,” Laura said. “Keep up with reading and keep up with his skills, but basketball is an interest of his and I want to keep him active and not just sitting behind the TV.”

The Parent Teacher Organization of Ridgeview Elementary School provided Laura and Landon with some options for the summer while attending the summer camp expo on Tuesday.

“You have to try lots of different things to figure out what you like,” said Anissa Moats, Ridgeview PTO president. “We’re hoping to provide that opportunity for parents and children.”

Ridgeview PTO members wanted to create an event that brought many of the activities available in the Tri-Cities to parents and children, Moat said.

“Parents are always looking for things to entertain their kids,” Moats said. “We thought we would combine a lot of different types of activities in a place they could come.”

Members of various organizations in the region that offer summer camps were available to take questions and register students for their programs at the expo.

“All of the people who have come to join us are in the vicinity of the Tri-Cities, which would be a drive for each parent that’s not too far,” Moats said.

Some of the organizations featured at the Ridgeview PTO summer camp expo included:

n Ridgeview’s own Summer Care, which goes from May 28 through July 26. Parents can contact the school to sign up for daily or weekly camps. Call 788-0004 for more information.

n East Tennessee State University’s Natural History Museum offers a paleo-camp for children in grades K-8. For more information call 439-3640.

n The Washington County/Johnson City Boys & Girls Club summer program has limited space available and begins June 3. For more details call 461-4560.

n Johnson City Parks & Recreation provided packets about its 2013 Discovery Summer Camp activities, which begin June 3. To sign up visit the Memorial Park Community Center, Princeton Arts Center or Carver Recreation Center.

n Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium showcased day-camp activities, which begin June 3 for children in grades 4-6 and June 10 for children in grades 1-3. Visit baysmountain.com for more information.

n Appalachian Christian Camp, which is located in the town of Unicoi, has activities planned for children K-12. The ACC schedule begins in June. Call 743-3910 to sign up.

n Girls Inc. offers a summer program for girls age 5-16. The program begins June 3 and limited space is available. Application forms are available at the center. Call 928-4251 for more information.

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