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SaskAbilities Summer Fun program in full swing

Coordinator details upcoming programs.

YORKTON – Participants of the SaskAbilities Summer Fun program were sporting super hero costumes at M.C. Knoll School on Wednesday.

"This week at summer fun we have super hero week, so everybody's all dressed up and excited to do some dancing today," said Brandi McManus, Quality of Life coordinator at Sask Abilities.

"We're so excited to be back in person at Summer Fun this year – it's great to see the kids laughing, playing and making new friends," said McManus, adding later that the program had been paused due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

McManus said the the Summer Fun program runs throughout July into the third week of August and is meant for children who experience disability.

"We had a huge response for registration this year and we're currently running at full capacity," said McManus.

McManus said that once Summer Fun is over the organization will focus on the programs they have planned for fall.

"We have a few programs that start up in the fall – 'FunAbilities' – it's an after school program and it runs after school and during school breaks," said McManus, adding, the program "offers recreation and leisure activities for elementary-school-aged children."

McManus said that the second of the two fall programs will be 'MoveAbilities'.

"[MoveAbilities], which is a new initiative and includes children, youth and adults experiencing disability," said McManus, adding the program will be small groups led by facilitators where participants will "have the opportunity to participate in yoga, music, movement and dance – just to name a few."

"It will be offered after school and will be adapted to meet the needs of every individual," said McManus.

McManus said that the Summer Fun program wouldn't be possible without the sponsorship and partnerships of several organizations.

"I'd like to thank Good Spirit School Division – MC Knoll, for hosting our Summer Fun Program –  our partnership is appreciated," said McManus.

"There is a few sponsors I'd also like to thank," said McManus, "Community Initiatives Fund, Service Canada and Autism Speaks."

McManus went on to say that without those sponsors the Summer Fun Program would not exist and encouraged people to reach out with their inquiries.

"If you have any questions or inquiries about any programs we have to offer please contact me [by email]," said McManus, adding, "I also encourage you to check us out on Facebook or visit our website...for any upcoming programming or classes."