LEICESTER, Mass. — Kids were thrilled to dive down the massive slip and slide outside Leicester Primary School as part of the Explorations program — a fun and interactive educational opportunity offered this summer.
The school held two sessions of the program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Primary's staff provided arts and crafts, computer and SMART Board games, science experiments and interactive stories — some of the special activities that kids love during the school year, said coordinator Shawna Tibbetts, a first grade teacher.
"They made tie-dye T-shirts, banjos, did science experiments, just a lot of great, engaging activities," said Tibbetts, explaining that it helps children get back into the routine of getting up and going to school.
"It's a great opportunity," Principal Kathy Pelley said. "Having the kids here reminds us why we're here. Being in a building during the summer can actually be lonely work, and having the staff here and the kids here reminds you of your purpose."
Community volunteers, including Harry and Dawn Brooks and their son Bailey, along with volunteers from Leicester Middle School helped throughout the program.
Additionally, each session ended with a pizza party and water party, with local businesses such as Giguere's Gymnastics providing a dolphin slide, and Flexcon providing materials for two giant slip and slides.
At the end of the program, the children left exhausted from all the fun, Tibbetts said.
"It's a wonderful program, and we hope to see it grow," Pelley said.