The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 27, 2014

Children enjoy food, fun at first Pool Day

FARRELL — Cookouts and pools have the making of the perfect June day. For Farrell and Wheatland children, this summer’s first Pool Day was pretty close to that.

After having to reschedule the event because of Wednesday’s storms, the Thursday make-up day didn’t see a decline in the numbers. Gary Elerby, a chaperone, said there were about 70 kids.

“We like doing this because we know this is something they really, really enjoy,” Elerby said.

The children are chaperoned by Men of God, and the event is put together by Farrell Recreation Commission, with the help of Mercer County Council of Governments, which runs the pool.

Elerby said Men of God find these activities important because it’s something that will hopefully stay with the kids forever.

“No matter how old they get, they remember when they have a good time,” he said. “We’re giving them something they can look back on. Perhaps it’ll make a difference.”

Katara Joe brought her two children, Joe Joe and Aaneesah, so they could get out and enjoy the day. Children 7 and under need a parent or guardian.

“I just thought it’d be nice to come out and support,” she said.

Aaneesah, 7, was happy to be a part of it, especially enjoying the water slide.

Free lunch, with hot dogs and hamburgers being the staples, was provided.

Organizers had bussed children from the Farrell city building, and Emerson and Wheatland playgrounds to the West Middlesex Pool.

The next Farrell Pool Days are July 9 and July 23. Permission slips are required.

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