BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Village’s Summer Food Service Program for children, which the Salvation Army sponsors, resumes June 9 at Ryan- Braden Park, but this year it has an added feature.
“We’re extending our program this year,” said Kaye Hartman, Salvation Army volunteer coordinator and former Buckeye Lake Village Council member. Nancy Nesbitt, an intervention specialist with the Granville School District, will offer reading programs to children throughout the summer. “It’s a fun program,” said Hartman. “It’s not like summer school.”
Hartman said the program serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and then, beginning June 17, Nesbitt will offer classes in small groups Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Buckeye Youth Association building. Fridays will be “fun day” featuring a guest speaker or a field trip. A snack will follow the classes and Hartman said children are never unsupervised between lunch and snack times.
“(Nesbitt) has a real passion for the Buckeye Lake Area,” said Hartman, adding that Nesbitt wanted to spend her summers serving her community and was happy to join Buckeye Lake’s program.
Hartman said the summer food program is only for children and youths 18-years-old and under, and not for adults. “It is a program for kids,” she said. “Our hands are tied.” Hartman said the program is funded through the Ohio Department of Education, which insists the program is only for children and will not fund it otherwise.