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Summer Readers party in the park to mark achievement (Photos)

Children toss water balloons during a past celebration for summer readers in the Boys & Girls Club at Washington Park. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Summer is a time of play and relaxation for kids. It’s also a time when school age children tend to lose some of the skills they learn during the year.

That’s what the Boys & Girls Club tries to minimize with their summer reading program, which encourages children to read 20 minutes every day.

Kids who reach the goal get to participate in a summer party in the park, and today was that day.

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“This summer we’re at about 725 kids who’ve participated in summer reading,” said Boys & Girls Club academic outreach coordinator Amanda Montes. “We had more kids at the reading party this year by far.”

Kids from area Boys & Girls Clubs swarmed upon Washington Park to have an outdoor lunch, climb the playground equipment and play games.

Most of the games involved water. The Casper Fire Department got things started by spraying them down, then water balloons and soggy sponges made their way into the air and onto the kids.

McDonald’s sponsors the program, which gives kids toys and certificates for free ice cream and other treats as they make their goals.

“The first few years we did at McDonalds’s, but as the program grew the park became a better choice,” said Montes.