Bayonne shows R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

A new program for kids debuts this fall

Malcolm enjoys Hoola Hoop Day at the Division of Recreation 16th Street Park Day Camp.
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Malcolm enjoys Hoola Hoop Day at the Division of Recreation 16th Street Park Day Camp.

Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Division of Recreation announce the inaugural R.E.S.P.E.C.T. program this fall, an acronym for Recreation, Education, Sport, Participant, Enthusiasm, Community, Together.

The five-week outdoor program, open to Bayonne students in the first through eighth grades, combines study hall, athletics, and structured activities while in a creative social setting that can be fun and exciting.

The program’s goal is to assist children by providing a chance for social growth, maturity, and making new friends in an encouraging environment. This is especially important as Bayonne public schools remain virtual for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

“We are very excited to offer this new program to our youth,” said Pete Amadeo, Supervisor of Recreation. “During this difficult time, it is very important to be able to provide quality programs that enhance a child’s social skills in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.”

Study hall in the fall

The program will meet Monday through Thursday, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., from Sept. 14 through Oct. 16.

It will be held outdoors only at the 16th Street Park upper and lower levels. In inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.

The tentative schedule calls for an optional study hall from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

According to Amadeo, the Division of Recreation will provide certified teachers to monitor and assist children with any questions. The program will not include classes and or lessons.

Sports and other activities are scheduled for 4:15 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Sports include whiffle ball, kickball, and or soccer. The playground will be available.

Non-sports activities include arts and crafts, among others.

The 16th Street pool will tentatively have extended hours this September. The program will include one pool day a week, weather permitting.

COVID-19 guidelines

The location and time of the program are subject to change.

Recreation day camps will follow the New Jersey COVID-19 Youth Day Camp Standards Guide. Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained.

As more COVID-19 information and data are gathered, guidelines and format of each camp are subject to change. Depending on the status of the virus, the program may be postponed or canceled.

The Division of Recreation will hosted a registration and orientation on August 30 at Veterans Stadium at 10 a.m.

Registration is still ongoing and residents may register at City Hall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The fee will be $125 per child. For more information, call the Division of Recreation at 201-858-6127 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

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