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MUSD and Maricopa: Summer fun and free food
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
When you hear the words “free food,” you pay attention to the speaker. At the May 9, 2012 meeting of the Maricopa Unified School District (MUSD), Governing Board, you could hear a pin drop after Eva Safranek said those seemingly magic two words: Free Food. Safranek is the Coordinator for the ELL (English Language Learners) program, and will be the new Principal at Santa Rosa Elementary School when the 2012-2013 school year begins.
There are four MUSD school sites offering free breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 and under as part of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Summer Food Service Program.
Breakfast will be available from 7:00 - 8:30 A.M. and Lunch will be available from 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at the following schools:
- Maricopa Elementary, 18150 N. Alterra Parkway, (520) 568-6102
- Santa Cruz Elementary, 19845 N. Costa del Sol, (520) 568-5170
- Santa Rosa Elementary, 21400 N. Santa Rosa Dr., (520) 568-6152
- Maricopa Wells Middle School, 45725 W. Honeycutt Ave., (520) 568-7100
- Saddleback Elementary, 18600 N. Porter Rd., (520) 568-6110 -- only Lunch from 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. will be available.
Maricopa Elementary, Santa Cruz Elementary, Santa Rosa Elementary, and Maricopa Wells Middle School will host summer school programs as a result of a grant received from the 21st Century Community Grants. This grant has been awarded to each of the above three elementary sites, and also by the Title III program. The elementary sites will run a science theme-based summer program from June 4th to June 21st, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to Noon.
Maricopa Wells Middle School will run a Panther Summer Camp for the incoming sixth grade class, and the newly promoted to seventh grade and eighth grade students. The Panther Camp includes enrichment activities with a focus on academics. This program will run June 4th to June 21st, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Maricopa Wells is partnering with the City of Maricopa Parks and Recreation Department. They will be providing leadership and sport activities for the middle school students.
These summer programs are free to all participating students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to students free of charge. Transportation for students who qualify for bus transportation during the regular school year will also be provided. For additional information, please contact Eva Safranek at (520) 568-5100, ext. 1009.
City of Maricopa Summer Fun & Fitness Camp at Saddleback Elementary
At Saddleback Elementary School, 18600 N. Porter Rd., children between the ages of six and 12 years may participate in the Summer Fun & Fitness Camp sponsored by the City of Maricopa. From 1:00 to 5:00 P.M., children can participate in games, crafts, and other fun events at Saddleback Elementary School. MUSD will provide lunch daily from Noon to 1:00 P.M. These events will be held in the multipurpose room at Saddleback. There is a fee of $20 per week. The dates are:
You can sign up at City Hall or at www.maricopa-az.gov.
- June 4 – 7
- June 11 – 14
- June 18 – 21
- June 25 – 28
Copa Kids Care Program
Copa Kids Care is now enrolling for their Summer Adventure Camp and Weekly Mini Camps for children in kindergarten through fifth grade going into the 2012-2013 school year. They will be open this summer Monday through Friday, from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., starting June 4th and ending July 27th. Registration packets are available at every elementary school and at the District Office.
Summer Adventure Camp hours and prices
6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Monday-Friday -- $140 per week
½-days Monday-Friday (6:00 A.M.-Noon or Noon-6:00 P.M. -- $70 per week
3 full days per week (you pick the days) -- $90 per week
1 full day a week (you pick the day) -- $30 per week
Friday's are Movie Days
Fridays during the summer are Movie Day! Copa Kids Care will be going to Hawkins Theater in Casa Grande and will take part in their Summer Movie Program. You can also purchase this Movie Mini-Camp for $50, which includes all Fridays during the summer.
If you have any additional questions, after going through the registration packet, please feel free to call Copa Kids at (520) 568-5100, ext.1011.
Summer Programs at the Maricopa Public Library
There are varied programs being offered at the Maricopa Public Library for children of all ages and their families. Call (520) 568-2926 or stop by the library at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road for further information.
Desert Wind Middle School Blended Learning Program
Dr. Conley reported the MUSD has received a $125,000 Grant from the ARRA (American Recovery and Restabilization Act) to provide summer school for Desert Wind Middle School. Desert Wind will be piloting the blended learning program and focusing on math and reading. For further information, call the Desert Wind Middle School office at (520) 568-7110 or stop by the school at 35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.
Marilyn Netoskie / CopaNews.com
The Maricopa Public Library is one of many places offering summer programs for youngsters.