What a Summer!! The Summer Parks and Recreation Program started on July 5th at the Tenney Street Park. We had a summer of fun, field trips, Girl Scouts, Science Experiments, Summer Reading, Peace in the Park, National Night Out and so much more. The four field trips included over 100 to Canobie Lake Park, over 70 to see the movie Zootopia, 30 kids to the Lowell Spinners and the end of the summer fun at Nevin’s Memorial Library with reptiles and ice cream sundaes. This program would not be possible without the funding from the Essex County Community Foundation, the Shannon Grant, the Methuen Public Schools Lunch Program, Valleyworks, and the City of Methuen. We played Mancala, Boggle, Memory, Chess, Checkers, Guess Who, Uno, Battleship, Yahtzee, Jenga and other strategic games. We played basketball, football, kickball, dodge ball, 4 Square, and baseball. We made sun catchers, sailor hats, paddleballs, sand art, hand paintings, jewelry from beads, lanyards and key chains were made from the gimp, foam flip flops with their pictures in them, and more fun craft projects. A special thank you to The REGENCY for supplying the craft supplies. We had a basketball clinic for 3 days, thank you to Coaches Druin and Giribaldi. We were able to send kids to Camp Otter through the YMCA for 6 weeks.
We would like to thank Valleyworks Career Center for the opportunity to have 17 youth workers employed at the Tenney Street Park Summer Parks and Recreation Program. The Valleyworks Career Center helps youth gain the skills, experience and confidence to pursue their ideal career in this subsidized employment program for low income, at- risk youth. Valleyworks has partnered with the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood to provide young people aged 14-24 with employment and training opportunities. They are able to work at the park from 8 to 2, Monday through Friday for the summer and be paid. What we have found is that many of the youth that are employed at our park for the summer help out their families financially. Because of this summer job, the families are financially stabilized. This gives many of the youth an opportunity to be employed for the first time and have something to put on their resumes in the future. It is a great opportunity for many of our youth that live in the neighborhood. They can walk to work and do not need to find transportation. It is a win-win for all! We would like to thank the youth workers for helping us to serve up to 150 youth per day at the park. These youth workers make it possible for us to continue with this summer program and keep the youth of the neighborhood involved in sports, recreation and fun! What a job!! We would like to thank the City of Methuen Recreation Department for the opportunity to have 3 youth workers employed also. Thank you.
A BIG Thank You to Julie Little of The Savings Bank for providing the youth workers with a Financial Literacy Program prior to them receiving their first paycheck!!! Through THE CLUB (Children Learning to Understand Banking) the youth were introduced to how to manage their money, how to open a bank account, and so much more. They have to learn the value of money and how to make it grow. The Savings Bank has been serving local communities for over 140 years.
The Summer Basketball League began on July 7th. A big thank you to the Methuen Police Department for refereeing the games that are held every Thursday starting at 5:30. This program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence and Shannon Funds. There was a Tournament on Saturday, September 10, 2016 starting at 12:00. Each participant received a trophy and enjoyed a block party atmosphere with food and drinks.
Every Monday Cathy from the Nevin’s Memorial Library came to the Tenney Street Park with Science Projects/Experiments. The kids really look forward to what new and exciting experiment Cathy will bring. She also encourages all the kids to make sure that their Summer Reading is done. Thank you Cathy!!
July 26th we held Peace in the Park with volunteers from Methuen High School supervised by Mr. Howshan. There was a mixture of mentoring and peer leadership training. There were organized games focused around positive themes. We had a basketball “King of the Court” tournament, face painting, Mancala Tournament, and Four Square Tournament. The kids made sailor hats and hand painting with all their hands and names on a poster. Breakfast and Lunch were served.
National Night Out was held on August 2nd and is a very important event to our neighborhood. It is a way to meet your neighbors and say Good-bye to crime. A Big Thank to you all that participated and supported our 25th National Night Out. St. Andrew’s Church provided all the fixings for the Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Party, Bread and Roses for the delicious ice cream, Neil and Target provided water, backpacks, basketball and a bike for the raffle, and cooked all the Hot Dogs. Councilor and Dianne Marsan provided candy and popcorn to all participants and their families. The Methuen Police Department provided helmets for the bikes, the Methuen Fire Department provided 4 bikes and helmets for the raffle, and WIC was on hand to provide information about their program. Thank you to all that participated, volunteered and supported this very important event.
What a great day Saturday, August 20th. 75 youth from the neighborhood were treated to a Back to School Program at First Church Congregational. Every child received a backpack filled with school supplies, a snack bag, a pair of jeans and a shirt, a hoodie and a brand new pair of sneakers. All the kids made beautiful cards to send to our military oversees. We are very fortunate to have so many people help support this great endeavor. Kohl’s Cares, Old Navy, The Mason’s, Payless, Councillors Jennifer Kanaan, Jim Jajuga, Ron Marsan, Jamie Atkinson and Lisa Yarid-Ferry, Senator Ives, State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, Mayor Zanni, Bill Manzi, Holy Family/Steward Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital, Cedar’s Mediterranean, the Party Connection, the Methuen Patrolman’s Association, Methuen Superior Officer’s Union, DPW Union, Methuen Fire Department Local 1691 Union, Lawrence/Methuen Community Coalition,
A big THANK YOU to Cindy Bateson and Lisa Yarid Ferry for pulling this all together. Our kids went to school on the first day looking dapper!!!!