By Justin Seward
The annual 40 Mile Regional FCSS Summer Fun Program will look a little different this year, as all the activities will be hosted through virtual means this summer.
The weekly activities will be hosted all summer long virtually by Foremost coordinators Sydney Hughson and Jessica Butterwick as well as in Bow Island with Kaitlyn Byam and Meredith Van Roessel, starting this week.
Tiara McCulloch and Montana Schneider will be assisting with mental health programs as well.
Activities will be done all online on platforms such as Flipgrid, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
“We will demonstrate all of our activities through Flipgrid and You Tube,” said Byam.
“Then the kids will video their activities they make and send it into us with Flipgrid and then we’ll post their activities online through Facebook so everybody else can see as well.”
Activities will include tie dying, science experiments, crafts, Disney-themed day art, ice cream making on “Tropical Tuesday,” as well as making pineapple stress balls.
There will be two activities a week where kids will do the set out project in their own time.
“We still want kids to be out and be active,” said Byam.
“One other one of our activities, we do a little bit of a workout. We’re hoping to get the RCMP and fire station involved. So they’ll demonstrate activities as well.”
Activities begin on July 7 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August for an hour.
“We’ll put them out there beginning of each day and whenever they have free time , they can do their activities,” said Byam.
The coordinators make the kits and every week the kids will come and pick up their materials at the Community Resource Centres on Mondays in both communities.
The activity will be posted online the next day after completion.
People can sign their kids up at https://forms.gle/MKJvmT21KqiGXyfY7.
The Summer Program is for ages nine and up and at no cost this year.
Group trips have been cancelled this year.
More information can be found by calling Byam at (403) 545-6222 or Hughson (403) 867-3077.