The Daily Item
WATSONTOWN — Kids’ Café, the free lunch program at Watsontown Memorial Park that began June 6, moves into its final week of the summer, concluding August 23. The open lunch program served about 1,400 meals to children of the community ages 18 and under. Members of the Watsontown United Methodist Church, Ryan Krauss, pastor, prepared and served the meals each weekday throughout the summer utilizing both the open pavilion and the closed pavilion on inclement weather days.
The highlight events of the summer was the bike rodeo and obstacle course competition and Parents’ Day.
Other events included a bike safety program, karate lessons every Thursday, Library Day with free books from the Montgomery House-Warrior Run Library each Monday, and Milk Shake Day served by employees of Hoeganaes Corporation, Milton. Children were active daily playing dodge ball and other games as well as making use of the two playground areas in the park. What began as a free lunch quickly grew into a day camp where children made friends and played together.
On Parents’ Day, Aug. 23, back-to-school supplies were distributed free to the children; a gift of the Watsontown Girl Scouts who donated the needed school items to Kids’ Café.
Linda Smith, of the Watsontown United Methodist Church, was the program coordinator, menu planner and supervisor. Many other church members donated their services to ensure the success of the summer program. “It has been a great program,” Smith commented, “and we look forward to offering the free lunch program again next year. It was especially gratifying to watch as children played together, made friends, and enjoyed sharing lunch in a relaxed outdoor setting. We are especially grateful to the Watsontown Borough for their cooperation in making the park and its facilities available to us.”
The Watsontown United Methodist Church participated in the Summer Food Service Program through the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture who conducted three State inspections and each time no violations were noted.
For more information visit on Facebook at kids café-watsontown or call the church office at (570) 538-1017.