The Lee County Sheriff's Office announced the return of its 18th Annual "Sheriff's Summer Youth Program."
It provides the opportunity for students ages 11-13 to participate in a creative and interactive environment, while being rewarded for being among the majority who do not get into trouble with the law.
The theme of the program is about "Empowering Youth for Tomorrow." The goal of the deputy counselors who coordinate the program is to instill a vision of the future that is bright and hopeful.
Those attending learn about nutrition, physical fitness and making healthy choices. They will enjoy demonstrations and get a behind-the-scenes look at several units of the LCSO, such as the helicopter, K-9 and S.W.A.T. teams, and bomb squad.
The program is free of charge, but seats are limited.
The initiative consists of 10, four-day sessions - Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents, or their designee, are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child on time.
The youth are required to wear appropriate comfortable clothing and closed-toed athletic shoes. Each child will need to bring a lunch/drink Monday through Wednesday; lunch will be provided Thursday.
The tentative dates and locations are:
- Varsity Lakes Middle: June 2-5
- Alva Middle: June 16-19
- Lehigh Acres Middle: June 23-26
For more information or to obtain a registration form, call the LCSO Office Youth Services Section at (239) 258-3200.
Students can also pick up registration forms from School Resource Officers at any of the schools.
To help support the program, you can give a donation of gift certificates, overnight stays or items that will be used for raffles, auctions and door prizes at the upcoming bowling benefit on April 12.
The event is attended by 200 adult bowlers who pay an entry fee and can buy raffle tickets and participate in the live and silent auctions to raise money for the program. Proceeds from the event help to fund the program.