STOCKTON - The Stockton recreation department had a good summer, Joelle Dziduch, the department's supervisor, told Stockton Town Board members recently.
While fewer children participated, the program ran for eight weeks instead of the traditional six weeks, so the children who participated actually got more time.
In addition to Dziduch, her sister, Jenna, and B.J. Monacelli staffed the program.
Joelle Dziduch, Stockton recreation supervisor, presents David Wilson, Stockton town supervisor, with a large thank-you card, signed by children participating in the Stockton summer recreation program.
Photo by Diane R. Chodan
Dziduch told the board about some of the activities that were part of the summer, such as Olympic Week during the time the Olympics took place, weekly trips to Cassadaga beach, and a trip to Waldemeer Park in Erie, Pa. Dziduch presented a large thank-you card to the board signed by the children who attended. Dave Wilson, town supervisor, accepted the card with a smile.
Councilman John Beichner expressed his appreciation to Dziduch for the work she and her staff had done.
"I've said it before - the children are our future, and I am glad we can provide a program for the kids. You and the staff do a great job," he said.
Councilman Bryan Meder chuckled as he looked at the signature of his young daughter, Brandi. She wrote her name in capital letters. Her name was the biggest on the card.
"I have heard good things about our kids from Cassadaga," Wilson said. "They have said our kids are well - supervised and don't cause a problem. I think Joelle and her staff are the reason."
Dziduch said she would like to run an eight-week recreation program again next year. The board agreed she could do that if she stayed within the budget.
"I know you don't do it for the money," said Beichner.