MONARCH — It was the last day of the Summer Reading Program at Monarch Elementary School but the children in attendance were thinking about they wanted to be when they grow up and they all dressed accordingly.
The Summer Reading Program provides children up to the age of 6 with a morning of activities that begins with the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. The day’s activities also included reading a book, doing crafts, play time, and a snack.
Wednesday was the last day for the Summer Reading Program at Monarch Elementary and as on previous Wednesdays for the duration of the program, the children took part in their usual activities including gathering around the table to do crafts. The goal of the program is to provide children with activities for the summer.
This Wednesday, however, was a little different as the children were dressed up in the outfits they would wear in the professions they want to pursue when they grow up.
Noah Benjamin Grimes, 2, wants to be a newspaper editor when he grows up and so he wore a suit and tie and hat.
Also wearing a hat was Mason Haney, 3, but Mason’s hat was a cowboy hat as he wants to be a cowboy.
His sisters, Sara Grace Haney, 5, and Addy Haney, 3, were wearing white lab coats and carrying stethoscopes, as Sara wants to be a nurse and Addy wants to be a doctor.
Zyra Rogers, 5, wore scrubs because she also plans a career in medicine, but her patients will be dogs, cats, and other animals as she wants to be a veterinarian.
Genesis Hill-Johnson, 5, wore an apron and a hair bonnet and carried a pan, things she’ll need when she starts her career as a cook.
The Summer Reading Program was also held at Foster Park Elementary School and the Carlisle Town Hall.
Wednesday was the last day of the Summer Reading Program at Monarch Elementary School, but on Aug. 25 the Preschool Program will get under way for children ages 4 and under.
Christy Latham, Early Steps To School Success Coordinator for the Union County First Steps program, said that the Preschool Program will provide the children in attendance with activities similar to those offered during the Summer Reading Program. She said the purpose of the Preschool Program is to prepare children for school.
Latham said that the Preschool Program will be held on the following days at the following locations:
• Mondays — Foster Park Elementary School from 10 a.m.-noon
• Tuesdays — Union County Carnegie Library at 10 a.m.
• Tuesdays — Jonesville Elementary/Middle School from 10-10:30 a.m.
• Wednesdays — Monarch Elementary School from 10 a.m.-noon
• Thursdays — Carlisle Town Hall from 10 a.m.-noon
• Fridays — Buffalo Elementary School from 10 a.m.-noon
As with the Summer Reading Program, parents or other guardians stay with the children for the duration of each class period.
Latham said there is no preregistration for the program. She said all parents must do to enroll their children it to bring them the day it begins.