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Volunteers needed for busy fall recreation programming

Parrsboro recreation director Tissy Bolivar makes chia pets with the children during a recent session of the EcoKids preschool group. She is looking for more volunteers for the busy slate of activiies planned for the fall.

PARRSBORO – Recreation director Tissy Bolivar has a busy schedule of programs planned for this fall, and recently issued a call to volunteers to help.

In order to make many of the children’s programs available to a wider number of participants, she said more adults are required to assist.

“I’m really hoping to bring in some (high school) students specifically, because I like them to get the experience,” said Bolivar. “They may want to learn the ropes, because they may be interested in going into this when they’re at the age.”

In previous years the students hired by the town to operate the summer programs have stayed on as volunteers with various programs and events throughout the school year. This year, however, those students graduated from high school, leaving a gap in volunteers.

Bolivar would like to build a similar crop of student volunteers, and a recent plea has brought some into the fold. Some high school students have already started helping out with the EcoKids program, and she is hoping to see that continue.

It helps her and it helps them, she explained.

“It just gives them more of an understanding of what it is we’re doing, and it gives them positive relationships with the younger students as well,” she said.

The more volunteers available, the more children can join the programs she said. Without volunteers, she has to limit the numbers to keep each group manageable for one person.

“I hate turning people away, and that’s why I’m really pushing for volunteers so I can take a few more,” said Bolivar. “It’s really just about having those extra eyes and hands.”

EcoKids runs on Tuesdays until Oct. 15 (for children aged five and up) and on Thursdays until Oct. 17 (for children under five.) Also coming up for kids is a jewelry-making workshop on Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m. for 12-18-year-olds; dance classes on Wednesdays from Nov. 6 to Dec. 11 for four different age groups; and Kids in the Kitchen for ages five to 10 on Mondays from Nov. 18 to Dec. 9.

Adult programming now underway includes basketball on Friday evenings; a series of paper crafting workshops on select Tuesday evenings; three Saturday afternoon scrapbooking workshops, walking club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and an adult cooking series on select Wednesday evenings.

Other upcoming events include a trip to the Masstown corn maze on Oct. 19, a family Halloween party on Oct. 27, and a family Christmas party on Dec. 10.

For more information, contact Tissy Bolivar at 254-2036.

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