Help for needy kids
Summer fun for kids is essential, and the city's parks and recreation department knows that not all families can afford the nominal fees the city charges for its programs and other activities.
With this in mind, scholarships for kids under the age of 18 will open on May 1.
Parks and Recreation has allotted $2,500 for scholarships so that needy kids can still participate in programs offered by the city.
According to the department's online summer fun guide, scholarships are limited to one per child, and participants must demonstrate need at the time of registration.
Documentation will be visually verified only, and not be kept on file.
Proof can be in several forms according to the guide, including but not limited to: enrollment in WIC, free or reduced lunches at school, or "proof of welfare or other type of low-income subsidy."
"Each family is limited to 1 scholarship per child, per year," the guide says. "If additional scholarships are needed, the Director may authorize up to 1 additional scholarship for each child."
The stated purpose of the scholarship policy is to standardize the current program.
"The Parks and Recreation scholarship program is designed to give families in need the opportunity for their children to experience recreational activities and programs," the guide says. "While it is our intent to provide recreation activities to all residents, limitations on how much individuals and families can use have been put into place. This ensures that each child will be able to participate in at least one activity per year."