Club plans summer activities for kids

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will provide summer activities at East Elementary School for children 6 to 12 years of age beginning June 14.

The club, which is in the process of renovating the Old Armory building on U.S. Highway 40 east of town, will offer activities at the school between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 11.

Because of staffing and space considerations, membership will be limited to 100 children initially, said Steve Hafey, who agreed to run the summer program until a full-time director comes aboard in the fall.

Hafey is a former high school coach who has been heavily involved in youth sports, said Pres Askew, a member of the club's steering committee. Hafey serves as vice president of the Moffat County School District Board of Education and does play-by-play broadcasts for KRAI's coverage of high school sporting events.

"I've always been involved with kids, and I know that the Boys and Girls Club is a good thing for Craig, and I want t help get it off the ground and off to a good start before the fall," Hafey said.

"I have the time and the desire and the experience to manage youth programs, so I just want to see that the program is run smoothly for the youth of Craig."

Children may become members for an annual membership fee of $10. Chapman Automotive has established a scholarship fund for children whose families cannot afford the membership fee.

Activities planned for the summer include free-play where children can choose to participate in a number of games such as carpet-pool, beanbag tosses and sports. Board games such as chess, checkers and dominoes will be another option. In addition to the free-time activities, volunteers will lead special classes such as dance, chess and arts and crafts.

"We have access to gymnasium and playground and a few classrooms," Hafey said. "It's not all play, but it's all choice, and it'll be up to the kids to take advantage of the opportunities."

One volunteer, an art teacher, is going to create age-level art classes, Hafey said.

Membership applications may be requested by e-mail at bgcc@bresnan.net, by mail at P.O. Box 1251, or by calling the Craig Parks and Recreation office at 826-2029. Orientation meetings for parents interested in having their children become members will be scheduled toward the end of May and in early June.

After the summer activities, Hafey will hand off direction of the Boys and Girls Club of Craig to Jonathan Godes, the new executive director. Godes and his wife will be moving to Craig from Colorado Springs, where Godes has served as branch manager of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak region.

The club hopes to have its building renovations complete by then to open activities to youths ages 6 to 18 in September.

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