Fun Day held at Kineowatha Park in Wilton

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Students in Wilton Recreation Department's swim program top off six weeks of lessons with some fun Thursday. Youngsters try moving a paddle boat from dock to raft by spraying water in to plastic cups strung across the distance. Swim instructors, on left, cheer them on.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

WILTON — The lessons are over and it was time for a little fun at Kineowatha Park Thursday.

Swimming lessons wrap up with Fun Day at the park, Frank Donald, recreation director, said.

Try moving a watermelon, covered in Crisco, through the water or a paddle board race based on spraying water in to plastic cups strung from the dock to the raft.

The kids love it, he said.

They were also enjoying time for face painting, games, a candy toss and a barbecue.

Parents and grandparents watched as their youngsters dove and swam, showing off the skills learned over the past six weeks.

“The lessons have been helpful,” said Ginger Fails of New Sharon as she waited for son, Camaeron Fails, 6, to have a butterfly painted on his cheek.

He has gained confidence in the water and now jumps right in, she said.

Fails is one of about 135 children who have learned to swim or improve their swimming techniques through the Wilton Recreation Department’s summer swim program held at the park.

“It has been a good year,” Jordan Schanck, program leader, said.

Students in Wilton Recreation Department’s swim program top off six weeks of lessons with some fun Thursday. Youngsters try moving a paddle boat from dock to raft by spraying water in to plastic cups strung across the distance. Swim instructors, on left, cheer them on.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Five instructors and six aides have worked with Schanck to provide lessons Monday through Thursday, for ages 3 and up, over the six week period, he said.

Along with the 1 to 6 levels of the Learn to Swim program, the instructors provide lifeguard readiness classes, a water safety instructor aide class and a fitness swimmer program, he said.

Children began to gather for the furnished barbecue, part of the summer feeding program through Feeding America, hosted by Wilton Recreation Department.

It was the last day of the free lunches served to any child under age 18. The program started June 26, said Nancy Pratt, who prepares the lunches at the school cafeteria.

This is the fifth summer for the program which fed 40 to 50 children a day, she said.

Meals have been different each day, some cold, some hot. They have had pizza, hamburgers, Chinese food and even a Thanksgiving dinner, she said. The cafeteria had some turkey to use so youngsters at the park enjoyed an early celebration.

“The children have been very appreciative,” said Diane Degone, who was helping Pratt, prepare for the barbecue.

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Piper Jordan, 5, of Jay, receives a painted paw print Thursday during Fun Day held at Kineowatha Park in Wilton. Megan Burdick paints the print on her cheek. The day is held to wrap up the summer swim program.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Reid Caton of Wilton, front, and Wyatt Powers of Farmington, right, receive a certificate and a Popsicle after completing swim lessons Thursday from the Wilton Recreation Department at Kineowatha Park. Kaila Godbey is pictured on left passing out Popsicle along with an unidentified youngster in back.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Camaeron Fails, 6, of New Sharon received a painted butterfly design from Gabrielle Austin, right, during Fun Day at Kineowatha Park in Wilton. The day was held to celebrate completion of swimming lessons and the summer feeding program.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Diane Degone, left, and Nancy Pratt prepare for a barbecue Thursday, Fun Day, at Kineowatha Park in Wilton. The summer feeding program at the park has served lunches to any child under age 18, Monday through Thursday, since June 26. This was the fifth year for the summer feeding program. 

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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