Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the summer months, so the timing of the seventh annual Jumpstart Track and Field Extravaganza is perfect in many ways.
The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists, runs from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 on the campus of Wahtonka High School. T
he meet, which features youths from kindergarten-through-fifth grades competing in numerous athletic events, is open to children from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Ribbons are awarded to the top five placers in each age division, boys and girls.
Conklin and his fellow instructors will provide the children with directions to help them compete in the 50-, 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter runs, along with the long jump, javelin and a triple jump demonstration.
Children from Mosier, Dallesport, Goldendale, Hood River, Dufur, Sherman and Wasco County are invited to make the trip.
The aim is to teach all aspects of track and field, so children develop a love early on.
Area athletes do not start competing in track until middle school, so this is a teaser for the youngsters as they try to find their niche in the upcoming years.
Track and field is just one of the many parts of the curriculum that these teachers instruct students on at their respective schools.
May and June are crucial times to take part in summer activities, and the 20th annual summer hoops camp is scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 24-28 at Dufur High School.
The camp is limited to 75 boys and 75 girls from second-through-ninth grades.
Registration fees are set at $85 for the first child and a second child in the same family can sign for a discounted price. After June 10, the fee is $90. Registration fees come with a water bottle, a shirt and swimming at Dufur Pool.
This is a fundraiser for Dufur schools and many other area programs For info on either event, call -541-340-9307 or e-mail tdconklin @qnect.net. The June hoops camp is quickly filling up and is approximately halfway full as of press time.
There will be a waiting list.