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STURTEVANT — The village will add a summer morning recreation program for children ages 5-12 this year.

The Sturtevant Village Board voted unanimously this week to hold a pilot summer recreation program this year, following an absence of any such program for about 10 years. The board budgeted $10,000 and chose On a Whim Creative Collective, 200 Dodge St. in Racine, to run the four-mornings-a-week program.

According to On a Whim’s Penny Strohkirch, the program will have “weekly themes that provide a creative, imaginative learning experience with: organized games, arts, gardening, walking field trips and play.” A healthy snack will be provided daily.

Both village residents and nonresidents may participate, village trustee Carrie Harbach said. There was some consideration of joining another municipality’s summer recreation program, she said, but the board decided Sturtevant should have its own.

The cost per child hasn’t yet been settled but will likely be about $75, Harbach said, and definitely less than $100. Families may begin to register March 1 at the village hall, 2901 89th St., and the cost will be known by then and included in the next village newsletter.

“We will offer a handful of scholarships,” Harbach added.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it will be at South Park, on 95th Street between Hulda Drive and Mount Pleasant Street. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, it will be at North Park, on 95th Street between Corliss Avenue and Michigan Street.

Both parks have shelters and bathrooms.

The program will run from June 19 to Aug. 24, but with no program the week of July 3-6.

Most of the $10,000 budget will pay for the adults who will oversee it and help, Harbach said. It includes $1,500 for a trailer that will be used to haul supplies back and forth between parks. The Public Works Department will be able to use the trailer at other times.



Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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