Summertime … and the Livin’ Is Busy

Excited over their new outdoor venue, boys and girls enjoy kickball, jump rope and other activities.

Excited over their new outdoor venue, boys and girls enjoy kickball, jump rope and other activities.

On the toddler side, an embedded slide offers a soft landing.

On the toddler side, an embedded slide offers a soft landing.

As timeless as childhood summer, the hula hoop endures.

As timeless as childhood summer, the hula hoop endures.

Some of the "Summer Bunch" show off artwork inspired by the Centennial Mosaic in the center of campus.

Some of the “Summer Bunch” show off artwork inspired by the Centennial Mosaic in the center of campus.

Personalized foil blocks, which "mirror" the reflective pieces in the larger mural, comprise the children's creation.

Personalized foil blocks, which “mirror” the reflective pieces in the larger mural, comprise the children’s creation.

Youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center are basking in the joys of summer, reveling in expanded playtime and creating colorful works of art. The extended outdoor hours are made possible by installation of an artificial-turf play area, a significant improvement that means no more disruptive mud puddles! As for artistic expression, Director Barbara J. Albert said the boys and girls frequently watched student/faculty progress on the Centennial Mosaic, resulting in lots of spontaneous collages upon their return to the center. As an extension of those inspiring visits, group leader Neva E. Simcox and assistant group leaders Sonya K. Kellogg and  Regina G. Andes helped the children fashion their own version.
Photos by Cindy D. Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

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