CARLISLE — The children taking part in the Carlisle Free Summer Lunch & Activities Program got an extra special treat recently when they were visited by representatives of two fire departments who did a presentation on fire safety.
The Free Summer Lunch & Activities Program is hosted by the Town of Carlisle. The program, which takes place in the Carlisle Town Hall, is in its eighth year. It serves lunches and provides activities for children ages 2-18.
The lunches served by the program are provided by the town in cooperation with Mt. Edna Baptist Church. The activities and supplies for those activities and all other expenses are provided through private donations.
“It’s about feeding the children during the summer,” Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said. “We invite them in and provide them with food and various activities.”
Ferguson-Glenn said the program also invites guests to take part in the activities provided the children. She said the most recent guests were members of the Carlisle Fire Department and a representative of the Monarch Fire Department who on Monday, June 23, spoke to the children about fires and fire safety.
“They demonstrated to the children the proper procedures to follow if there’s fire in their home,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “They brought a fire truck with them and took the children outside to show them how a fire truck works. They also gave out firemen hats to the children.”
Ferguson-Glenn said the Carlisle firefighters that participated included Fire Chief John Glenn, Assistant Chief Ronnie Lyles, and Firefighter Brandon Lindsey. Also participating in the presentation was Monarch Fire Chief Dr. John Flood.
Volunteers, Transportation Needed
The Free Summer Lunch & Activites Program is held Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and will run through the end of July.
Ferguson-Glenn said this year the program is attracting an average of 20-30 children a day and while it is fully funded, one thing it is lacking is volunteers. She said with so many children attending more volunteers are needed to help with supervising the children and the activities offered through the program.
In addition to volunteers, Ferguson-Glenn said the program is also in need of transportation for its two planned field trips.
“We usually have two field trips each year, one to the YMCA and one to the movies in Union,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We haven’t been able to take our field trips this year because we don’t have the transportation we need and the children are asking ‘When are we going to the Y?’ ‘When we’re going to the movies?’ So we need transportation to take the children on the field trips.”
Ferguson-Glenn said anyone interested in serving as volunteers with the program and/or helping provide transportation for the field trips to please call 427-1505.