Students ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade have had an opportunity to dig into activities ... and then take field trips

REED CITY – It has been an exciting summer for youngsters taking part in the Summer Adventure program at G.T. Norman Elementary School in Reed City, according to Denise Nelson.

The students ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade have had an opportunity to dig into classroom types of activities in the morning session of the Summer Adventure program, and then take field trips to various places in the afternoons.

On Wednesday, July 13, they were off to Albright Camp. Many of the children rode their bicycles from the school to 190th on the Rails to Trails, accompanied by several adults, while others left a short time later and traveled by school bus.

They played games, tackled the climbing wall, went swimming in the big pool, and even went tubing down the river, all under the careful supervision of teachers, staff and others on hand to make sure everyone had lots of fun and did it safely.

In fact, on the river trip, there were a few kids at a time “launched” upstream, with adults or others trained to help them “sprinkled in” at the beginning of the groups, behind them, and among them as they made their way downstream.

A few ripples before time to head for the dock, they were met by other staff who guided them to shore.

The last group returned just in time for the whole group to head back to Reed City, either by bike or by bus.

The Summer Adventure Program will end on July 21 with a movie on the big screen and ice cream sundaes to celebrate, but before then they will have a chance go swimming in the community pool in Big Rapids and do some bowling in Evart as well.

Sponsoring the program were Logic Plus, Cadillac News, Dr. Amy Keller, Phelps Plumbing and Heating, Shakers, Simply Hair, T. Thompson, Country Veterinary, General Mills/Yoplait, Mecosta/Osceola United Way, Osceola County Community Foundation, Trans-Canada, Mosiac Potash, VFW Post 2964 Reed City, Class of 1950, Dr. Hanba, Paradise Salon.