Fun Fridays get a new look

Posted 6/9/20

Madisonville’s Texas AgriLife Extension Office announced Monday that the annual summer Fun Friday program will not take place in its traditional form because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Extension Office will be offering a weekly Fun Friday Box to those interested in order to continue the educational program.

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Fun Fridays get a new look

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Madisonville’s Texas AgriLife Extension Office announced Monday that the annual summer Fun Friday program will not take place in its traditional form because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Extension Office will be offering a weekly Fun Friday Box to those interested in order to continue the educational program.

“There will be activity boxes that include an element of agriculture and each week will focus on a different element,” said Madison County 4-H Agent and Youth Developer Leslie Lazenby. “The first box, for example, will include all kinds of information about corn. It will feature Play-Doh that you can make out of corn starch and ingredients for that.”

The first week’s box will also include homemade popcorn and instructions on how to properly cook it. The boxes can be picked up weekly at the Extension Office, located on School Street. In order to participate, parents should complete a form for their kids, which can be accessed on the ‘Fun Fridays-Madisonville, Texas’ Facebook page.

The boxes, specialized for Kindergarten through eighth graders, can be picked up Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Extension Office. This will also include a limited number of traditional Fun Friday Food Backpacks for qualifying families.

The online form includes seven basic questions inquiring about the participant and their involvement in the program in the past.

“With Restoration Community Gardens, the committee that runs Fun Fridays, we had already planned to have Fun Fridays, so we got back together last week in order to decide how we should proceed with the regulations that we are required to meet,” said Lazenby. “We decided to do it this way. Later in the summer, we are hoping we can still have a water day or some of the things we have done in the past.”

Texas 4-H announced Tuesday that certain summer camps could proceed with a number of regulations and stipulations in order to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic safely. Mostly, this should apply to overnight camps with multiple staff members or volunteers who will be able to adhere to the necessary stipulations.

“We do not have enough volunteers to make that happen,” said Lazenby. “We would have to keep them six feet apart at all times, they would need to wear masks and we would need to repeatedly wash everything they touch. It would just be really difficult. A lot of those summer camps are geared toward older kids and some are virtual.”

Visit the Fun Friday Facebook page in order to access the signup form.

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