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July 16, 2014

Program provides summer fun for local kids

TIFTON — The Green House Project summer program continues to offer fun activities for local kids since its start up in the 1980s.

Herring Memorial United Methodist Church hosts the program. Bernease Okongwu, who has been the director for 10 years, said they have 42 kids this summer.

The program is six weeks long, Monday through Friday. They can take up to 60 kids ages four to 18 years old. Participants enjoy swimming, bowling, going to the movies, music, and arts and crafts. They also visit the library and other places, as well as hear from guest speakers. Okongwu said they recently took a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta.

First United Methodist Church is one of the program's biggest supporters, including other sister churches.

Okongwu said they have three workers, a bus driver and cook. Angela Nichols, a member of Herring Memorial United Methodist Church, is second in charge. Marilyn Wright is chairman of the Green House Project Board and does arts and crafts with the kids.

Parents who are interested in signing their child up for next year's Green House Project summer program can contact Okongwu at 382-0941. There is a small fee.

Also, those interested in volunteering with the program, to make donations or to sponsor a child for $150, contact Okongwu or the church at 387-7903. Donations are tax deductible.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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