BAY HEAD — On Wednesday morning the hallways of Bay Head Elementary School echoed with the pitter patter of tiny feet and the voices of parents wishing their children to ‘Have a great day.’
With school officially out for summer, the hustle and bustle could only mark one thing — the beginning of day camp for local youngsters.
Camp kicked off at 9 a.m. July 5 as a line of parents outside the school gymnasium to register their children were welcomed by camp director Melissa Kiss, who is also the kindergarten teacher at the school on Grove Street.
Children, eager to catch up with friends and make new ones, were greeted by their counselors, who helped them create and decorate colorful name tags with markers and stickers.
“The first day is always crazy,” Ms. Kiss said. “Before [Superstorm] Sandy we were up to 70 children a day, now we have grown back to about 30 or 40 so we are slowly making that progression for- ward.”
A quick look at the summer camp calendar shows a packed schedule of special themed weeks, including animal week, dinosaur week, sea week and tie dye and ice cream week; games; crafts and much more to keep children engaged and socializing.
“We keep them going. In the morning they’ll [do] a fit- ness program [or] if they are not in the gym they are doing activities that keep them hanging out with their friends and socializing,” Ms. Kiss said.
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