The KidsmART Experience
I have just come home from the kidsmART final performance of the 2011 camp season. It was a great performance by all the campers, those who are normally outgoing as well as those who are usually shy. I have had the kidsmART experience for my child since it started 12 years ago at JHS 180. I am proud to say, that today, my daughter is a counselor and one of the many talented art directors at the summer camp. I am also lucky enough to be a Rockaway native and teacher at our local school.
This gives me a unique take on the importance of not only kidsmART, but the entire Fort Tilden Recreation Area. People often complain about our youth and their destructive and rude behavior, I feel that it is essential that the positive principals of kidsmART (Kindness, Imagination, Determination, Sensitivity, Motivation, Acceptance, Reliability and Tolerance) be held as an example for our young people. These principles, as well as the opportunity to become a team player in a sport you enjoy, are opportunities that we MUST make available to our children. As I was driving to the Post Theater, where the campers were all gathered in their new T-shirts getting ready for their performance, I couldn’t help but notice other children playing soccer on a field and the baseball players on the Little League fields at 6:00 p.m. on a beautiful summer evening. This is what Rockaway is really about, supporting our youth in their exposure to all cultural and athletic opportunities. It would be a crime and an injustice to our children if any of these facilities should cease to be. Please consider this when the special election comes around in September. It took Rockaway many, many years to offer something to our youth besides the beach, let’s not lose it.
ANNE MARIE GREENE