After the 4th of July weekend there was a lot of activity all around the park. The park had activities such as baseball softball, gardening, a writing workshop, a theater workshop and also the youth workers started today. Taharkh Iyi , 16 years old , said, “This is my second year in the youth employment program and I like it here. It’s work but its fun.”
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Article written by Sergio Broughton, Timothy Moore and Stephon Miller
The kids at Clark Park make shirts, books, headbands, birdhouses , and other projects during Arts & Crafts classes offered every Wednesday and Friday. Danna, 9 years old, said, “Arts & Crafts is very fun.” Danna came to Arts & Crafts on Wednesday and has been to every Arts & Crafts class this year.
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826Michigan teaches writing skills during the first writing workshop at Clark Park. Every Monday and Wednesday local youth have the chance to improve their writing skills. The kids used their creative side to rewrite lyrics to a popular Rhianna song. They then took turns signing the new lyrics to the other kids in the class. They all learned about nouns, verbs, pronouns and more before taking part in the creative exercises.
Demarcus, 7 years old says, “It’s like, wow, we get to make up songs and we are not even famous” He also points out that he is really 8 years old because his birthday is in only 15 days. Rayontae points out, “I had a lot of fun and learned about different ways to write stories.” Both Demarcus and Rayontae indicate that they will be back on Wednesday for the next class.
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Article written by Demarcus Robinson and Rayontae Weaver
Friday afternoons thunderstorm may have cancelled the afternoon baseball and softball, but it did not deter the youth at Clark Park from having some fun.
After the successful morning Gardening and Co-Ed Baseball programs, rain came down and soaked the ball fields. The daily free lunch program was moved indoors and the game room was packed with kids of all ages playing foosball and table tennis. The rain still did not deter some from having fun in a pickup soccer game.
A hot day in Southwest Detroit doesn’t stop the kids from playing baseball. Five days a week Coach Morris helps youth with their skills in baseball. Demarcus, 7 yrs old, says, ” Having coach Morris as a baseball coach is a lot of fun.” Sergio, 10 yrs old completely agrees and adds,” Even if we mess up the play, Coach helps us improve our skills and offers positive encouragement.”
Five days a week both baseball and softball are offered at the park.
Article written by Demarcus Robinson and Sergio Broughton
Clark Park summer programming began in full stride this week. The traditional baseball and softball programs were once again full of kids learning the game and perfecting their skills with coaches Morris and Rita. Students from Cranbrook once again are lending their skills and knowledge of tennis and lacrosse to a great turnout as well. Twenty youth participated in the first lacrosse session and many were learning and experiencing the game for the very first time. Arts and Crafts, Theater Workshops, Writing Workshops, Blogging Club, Nutrition Class, Story Hour, Financial Literacy Workshops and more will be happening all summer long. And the best part is it is all offered for free!
June 10, 2013, Detroit, MI…Registration for Clark Park’s summer activities is currently taking place at the Recreation Center Monday through Friday from 12 – 7 pm, and there is something for everyone!
The season’s programming begins Monday, June 24, ending Friday, August 23. The Park is located at 1130 Clark Street in southwest Detroit. Go to www.clarkparkdetroit.com to download a summer schedule, and visit us on Facebook to share your favorite Clark Park summer story.
“We’re excited about the activities we have planned for the season,” said Center Director Anthony Benavides. “We’ve got everything from the old standbys of baseball, softball, and tennis, to lacrosse.”
Benavides went on to explain that there are classes for those kids that are not into sports, as well. “We are offering a creative writing workshop for aspiring journalists and the opportunity to become junior Clark Park reporters with our new Clark Park Blog,” he said. The creative writing workshop is being taught by 826Michigan staff.
Other activities include arts and crafts classes, along with special workshops with local artists presented by Whitdel Arts on the third Saturday of every month. “Details on the special Saturday classes will be announced separately,” explained Thomas Bell, after-school programming coordinator. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer these creative opportunities in addition to the sports activities this summer,” said Bell. “We’re also offering a Story Hour for the little ones ages 3 – 7, and I plan on reading a lot of Dr. Seuss books this summer!”
A special nutrition class for ages 10 and older is offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. “This is a perfect fit for our popular gardening program,” said Dora Anaya, programming manager. “We look forward to the kids learning how to tend the garden, grow their own vegetables, learn about them in the nutrition class, and ultimately harvesting and eating them. It’s important to us that our youth are physically active and learn about healthy eating.”
Anaya is also in charge of the summer free lunch program. “We typically serve lunches to around 100 youth Mondaythrough Friday,” she said. “We believe it’s very important for all of our youth to get a nutritious lunch every day. We’re offering a walking club for ages five to adult three days a week. We all need to get moving and set a good example for our kids,” she said.