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Sunday, October 14, 2012

YMCA Bike Ride for kids camp is on today

Riders prepare to kick off the first Bike Ride in 2010.
(Photo courtesy David Beverly)

The Plainfield YMCA's rescheduled 3rd annual Send A Kid To Camp Ride and Bike Show will is ON for today.

The ride kicks off at 10:00 AM will conclude with a free Bike Show at Library Park from Noon to 2 PM.

Library Park is across from the Plainfield Public Library, one block west of Park Avenue and 8th Street.
This is a family-friendly event with face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids, plus motorcycle stunt riders, music and food vendors.

All bikes, any year, any model, are welcome to enter the bike show free. Admission to the show is also free.

The Plainfield YMCA summer day program Camp Kitisena serves an average of more than 130 youngsters each week, ages 3 to 17, over a period of 10 weeks each summer. Youngsters come from Plainfield, South Plainfield, North Plainfield, Dunellen, Piscataway and Westfield.

Participants spend 30 minutes a day reading, in an effort to halt or slow the decline in academic skills which often occurs during the summer.

Each child also learns some basic Spanish, spends time in the Y’s computer lab, takes swimming classes, studies nutrition and fitness, makes field trips to such places as the Round Valley Reservoir and a Patriots baseball game, and spends as much time as possible outdoors at Skytop in the Watchung Reservation.

Ravenell Williams, president and CEO of the Plainfield Y,said, 'It is the mission of the YMCA never to turn anyone away for inability to pay.' The organizers hope to substantially aid the daycamp experience with the motorcycle ride and show.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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