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Extension's Summer Lunch Program Seeing Success; Kids Still Welcome

The University of Illinois Extension sponsored Summer Lunch Program has seen a great turn out so far this year, but it's not too late for your child to join.

Each day the program begins at 11:30 am at the Webster Housing Project. Youth Educator for the University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt County, Sherry Fulton explains after the opening activities, lunch is served from 1-2 pm courtesy of the Illinois Coalition for Community Services.

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Fulton feels there are several factors in the increase in numbers they've seen so far this year. She says economy on top of the convenient location are two key factors, but she also notes, the structured in environment is appealing to the kids as well.

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The kids take part in several unique projects. Fulton says around the 4th of July, they made a flag out of their lunch supplies. Each month they celebrate birthdays for each season of the year.

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Fulton says they are always looking for people to come in and share special hobbies or talk about a unique career with the kids. She says that is something the kids always have a good time with.

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The Summer Lunch program will continue until August 10. There is no registration required to be a part of the activities, and things get underway each day at 11:30 and run until 1:30. All children are welcome under the age of 18 and children ages 3-5 adult supervision is required for lunch and is open to anyone in DeWitt County.

To learn more about the program or volunteer your time, you can contact the U of I Extension office at 935-5764.

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