Petersburg summer camp registration starts Monday

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Petersburg Police Department wants to help keep your children safe this summer. The force is offering an eight week summer enrichment program -- at no cost.

Parents need to know that applications for the program will be available for one week -- starting next week. You can pick up an application at the Petersburg Police Department. With these tough economic times many parents we spoke with say the free summer program is needed.

What plans do you have for your child this summer? It's a question Lewis Mallory has asked himself. He has several school-aged grandchildren.

"It's good to keep them busy because of the fact that you don't worry about them going out here getting into any trouble," Mallory said.

To help keep kids active and off the streets this summer -- Petersburg police is offering a free summer camp for youngsters.

"It gives our youth something positive and structured to do over the summer months and it'll decrease boredom and delinquent behavior youth may get into over the summer," said Officer Bianca Hill.

Officers will serve as counselors.

"They'll be educational activities, like visiting college campuses and some fun-filled activities such as bowling, swimming and going to the movies. (And this is all free?) This is all free," said Hill.

Transportation to and from camp is also provided at no charge. To qualify you must meet certain requirements... Children must be between the ages of 7 and 15. They must also must live in Petersburg. Parents of those accepted in the program -- must attend 4 parenting classes.

"The parenting classes will focus on building relationships with their children -- coping skills - -dealing with issues children have and also providing parents with resources," Hill said.

The free summer program is being funded with donations and grants to the Petersburg department. Nearly 100 kids will be selected to take part in the program. If you're interested, call the Petersburg Police Department at 732-4222.

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