The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 15, 2003


Carlisle Summer Fun concludes another season for Carlisle youths

Report on the RecCom Workreation program

What do you get when you combine teenagers with senior citizens and Carlisle Summer Fun? It's the newest Carlisle Recreation Program called Workreation. The program was designed by Recreation Co-Directors Cindy Nock and Jan Deyoe to achieve several objectives: Bring teenagers and senior citizens together, share a skill, and use that skill to give back to the community.

Were the objectives met? "We knew there would be a lot of work getting the program up and running with enough momentum to take hold and keep going" said Cindy Nock. "We really didn't know if the program was going to be worthwhile but we were very lucky when we hired Courtney Bryan, a recent CCHS graduate to work with the teens. Courtney came through with a real 'can- do' attitude."

Zoe Blacquier strings beads for a necklace during her arts and crafts session.

What did Workreationers do this summer? Some of them learned to silkscreen with the help of donated silkscreens, paint and knowledge from Phyllis Hughes. Jared Higgins, Drew Lockwood and Ian Saylor made Town of Carlisle, Mosquito Country tee shirts. It was finally decided that a Workreation Community Projects Fund should be established and donors of more than $25 would receive a free tee shirt. Some of the community projects thought about were: a big wraparound porch on Daisy's market where people could meet and socialize, paying for Share the Road signs along roads frequented by cyclists or funding a new stretch of the pathway being built in the town center.

Another group of teenagers joined the effort halfway through the summer and learned gardening and yard work skills from Eunice Knight. Conner Smith, Tyler Smith, Amy Goodale, Lauren Lamere, and Alyse Vellturo helped Eunice in her yard by mowing, weeding, transplanting and pruning. "They did more in one day than I could have done in weeks," said Eunice, who not only showed them how to do the yard work but treated them to ice cream at Kimball's after a hot day of work. The teens
Counselor Sarah Sanderson gives Christian DiRomualdo instructions to improve his dive.
used their yard-work skills to weed gardens at the First Religious Society with guidance from Alison Saylor. The town grapevine had evidently been notified of the program as calls began to come in requesting help. Rooms were painted at Carlisle Extended Day. More gardens were weeded at the Gleason Public Library and the first donation was made to the Workreation Community Projects FundThank you, Eunice! And thank you, Courtney and your Workreation crews who have planted new seeds of goodwill in Carlisle. Not only did teens learn that they are appreciated in Carlisle, but grownups learned that they are appreciated as well and that it can feel good to help each other out. Objectives met and exceeded!



Performing in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" are (left to right) Nathan Doucette (on floor), Katie Lotane, Charlie Lotane (as Linus), Zoe Guarnaccia, Nikhel Patel (as Charlie Brown) and Lucy Hill (as Sally).


2003 The Carlisle Mosquito