Over 2,000 New Brunswick Children to PLAY S.A.F.E. This Summer

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New Brunswick families are invited to take advantage of a free program that keeps kids busy during the summer months with recreation, fun learning activities and exciting day trips to spots around the tri-state area.

PLAY S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities For Everyone) is a comprehensive summer program that provides New Brunswick children between the ages of 6 to 12 with a variety of activities like swimming, soccer, music, dance, video production, reading, games and trips in addition to academic preparation.

It is conducted by the City of New Brunswick’s Youth Services System.

PLAY S.A.F.E. runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from June 30 to August 8 at various locations throughout the City. Each child in the program will also be provided a daily free lunch.

“The PLAY S.A.F.E. program is a great resource for our families in town and is expected to attract more than 2,000 children this summer,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “Our participants learn, play and exercise, visit new places and are fed a daily nutritious meal. We’re very pleased to continue to offer this program to ensure our children stay creatively and constructively busy throughout the summer months.”

City locations for the PLAY S.A.F.E. summer program include Alec Baker Park, Roosevelt School, Lord Stirling Community School, Joyce Kilmer Park, McKinley Community School, Livingston School, Paul Robeson Community School, Buccleuch Park, the Hub Teen Center/Redshaw School, Murphy Park/Woodrow Wilson School, and Memorial Stadium/New Brunswick Middle School.

Some of the specialty programs that have been developed to strengthen academic preparation and provide cultural development include:

  • A reading program staffed by certified teachers
  • Arts and crafts staffed by specialists in crafts for children
  • Dance camp and classes taught by professional dance instructors
  • A music and drama program in conjunction with the dance program
  • A video/media program
  • Environmental and nature programs
  • Alcohol and drug prevention programs
  • Nutrition and exercise programs including basketball, soccer and softball
  • Swim trips to area pools

The program includes trips to Sandy Hook National Recreation Area, Liberty Science Center, Newark Museum and the Museum of Natural History.The children will also have daily access to creative and cooperative games, crafts, playground games and board games.

The staff of the PLAY S.A.F.E. program includes certified teachers and staff from New Brunswick Public Schools and other area schools, college students, New Brunswick parents, work/study students from Rutgers University, and New Brunswick teenagers who have completed training in the Summer Teen Employment Preparation Program.

For more information on the PLAY S.A.F.E. program or to obtain an application, call (732) 745-5300, ext. 5488 or email yssnewbrunswick@yahoo.com.

The New Brunswick Youth Services System will be participating in the 2014 Summer Food Service Program from June 30, 2014 to August 8, 2014.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutritional Services, United States Department of Agriculture. This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. Any person who believes they have been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-3410 or call (800) 632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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