Center gives children constructive outlets

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Kim Charleswell, a Kennedy Middle School seventh-grader, and Anthony Morgan, an Aiken Elementary School first-grader, color pictures at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken.

During the summer vacation, spring break and the Christmas holidays, Jasmine Johnson can be found at Smith-Hazel Recreation Center.


"You get to do a lot of things," said the Schofield Middle School seventh-grader, who has participated in the recreation center's camps for as long as she can remember.

Because of her experience at the camps, Jasmine assists other campers and the instructors.

"I watch them (campers) when there are no teachers," she said.

About 10 children took part in the holiday camp, which featured activities such as watching movies, making cookies and creating arts and crafts, according to Linthia Perry, the recreation program coordinator.

Anthony Morgan, an Aiken Elementary School first-grader, said he liked the arts and crafts best of all. His favorite project was making pine cone Christmas trees, he said.

Jasmine said one of her favorite parts of the camp was not in the activities.

"You make friends here," she said.

Ms. Perry said the seasonal camps at Smith-Hazel are something the parents in the area depend on.

"I'm glad we can provide somewhere they (the children) can come (while their parents are at work)," she said.

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