First Posted: 7/9/2014
Approximately 20 to 30 children enjoyed the warm weather and time off from school at the Dallas Summer Recreation Program one day last week.
Resident children of Dallas Borough and Dallas Township between the ages of 6 and up to and including 12 at the time of registration are welcomed to attend the fun-filled program, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting, at the Kenneth A. Young Memorial Park in Dallas.
The program began on June 16 and runs through Aug. 15, 2014. Registration is ongoing and registered children can participate in the activities during any of the program hours. They do not have to attend all five days to remain in the program.
Eric Domzalski, a Dallas native and current Philadelphia elementary school teacher, has been the program’s director for the past three years. He praised the program, saying it gets the children outside rather than having them spend the day sitting inside, playing video games.
“They get to see the friends they don’t see all year,” Domazalski said. “The kids go to different schools, Wycallis, Dallas Elementary. Some are in private schools. This is a time to re-unite with their summer friends.”
The program features a different activity each day. Tennis, soccer, dodge ball, basketball, baseball, water balloons and sand art are just some of those activities children can enjoy. Domzalski further added that everyone associated with the program gets along so well, contributing to the success of the program. Counselors and parents work together, as do the children.
“There are never any fights or incidents of bullying here” stated Domzalski. “They all just have a good time.”
The children agreed. Katie Zeyhr, a 10-year-old fifth grade Dallas Elementary School student, said she likes “all of the different activities and my friends are here to play.” She added, “Eric and the counselors are nice.” Zeyhr has attended the program for the past four years and wants to return again next year.
Fourth-grade Wycallis Elementary student Caelan Gallagher also wants to return next year. The 9-year-old has been attending the program for the past four years. Gallagher especially enjoys the “soccer, basketball, swings and the jungle gym activities.
Nick Farrel,l an 8-year-old third-grade student from Dallas Elementary said the program is “great because it takes the energy out of you.” He continued by stating, “I like how it is challenging when you play sports.” Farrell then proceeded to tell several jokes. This is Farrell’s third year with the program and he said he will “be back next year.”
Farrell’s older brother, Jack, also attends the program. A seventh-grade student at Dallas Middle School, Jack has been participating in the program for the past five years. He enjoys all activities and said the counselors are nice.” Farrell added that his favorites are tennis, baseball, dodgeball and basketball. Due to the age limit, this will be Farrell’s last year with the program. He explained how much he likes the program and said ,“I’m still going to come around here to visit.”