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Shallah Luis has her face painted by Andrea Shanders-Crouch
REPORTING · 7th July 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kids and Parrents flooded into the Gym at Riverlodge for their Annual Summer Kickoff on July 2nd. Penny Carnival games were set up around the gym.

“Today we have our Annual Summer Kick-Off, it’s a free event that we do for all the kids in the community ages 3 to 12. There is a whole bunch of games we have set up so kids can come out, meet the leaders and get excited about the summer programs that we offer here at Riverlodge,” said Erica McLellen.

The theme of the Kick-Off was ‘Go Green.’ The leaders were promoting recycling and the Three R’s and talking about the opportunities to recycle which there are in Kitimat such as K.U.T.E. They also have a Junkyard Box where people in the community can donate materials which can be used for crafts.

“We use a lot of… pretty much anything you can find in your house that you might not be able to recycle or you may not have a use for anymore, we can take in our junklard box. Things like Egg Cartons, toilet paper rolls to staff or fabric. It’s so the leaders can go in to the box and pick stuff out they could use for their crafts and sometimes we have the kids make a craft out of them which allows them to test their creativity and test their imagination,” said McLellen.

This year, the summer programmed kicked off on Monday, July 5th and they run till the 20th of August. “We’re doing hiking, camping, cooking, arts and crafts, sleepovers, we’ve got everything,” said McLellen.

This year, they are freshening up the programming for 2010. Also new this year is a competition which runs through out the programs ending in a Riverlodge World Cup winner at the end of each week.

“We’re going to have a great summer here at Riverlodge this year so everyone should come out and check our what we have to offer,” said McLellen.
Parker Graham gets the ball past Dylan Hall in net
Parker Graham gets the ball past Dylan Hall in net
Mathias Luis puts the paperball onto the recycling bin,  Kristi Seaby and Brad Hildebrandt watch on.
Mathias Luis puts the paperball onto the recycling bin, Kristi Seaby and Brad Hildebrandt watch on.