VIDEO: Games, picnicking at PACES

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The Easter week "round up" at the Perry Fareway supports PACES, which offers academic and cultural enrichment for some of the Perry school system's most deserving children.

The 10-week Summer Program at PACES will conclude Friday, and to celebrate the staff and students played games and held a picnic-style lunch Wednesday.

A total of 95 youngsters were in attendance for all the fun.

“We would normally have more, but many of the kids are on vacation with their parents right now,” PACES Director Mary Hillman said. “This is our 16th year and it has been another successful one.”

PACES — Perry Academic Cultural and Enrichment Services — is a before and after-school program for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The summer program had students from kindergarten through those about to enter sixth grade.

Some students made the short trek for the Perry Elementary School to Wiese Park for a variety of games and activities while others played kickball on the school playground.

The hot and humid conditions quickly made for thirsty and hungry kids, who were treated to a picnic-like lunch of hot dogs, chips and watermelon and dessert. To no one’s surprise, the watermelon wedges proved to be especially popular.

Friday will be the final day of the summer season, with students taking a field trip to Ledges and McHose parks before hitting the pool at the Boone Aquatic Center.

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