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Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ROOM LEADER DREW Junkins, above, gets his group of eight- and nine-year-olds ready to play a tag-like game called “Fishy Fishy” at the Mary Hogan playground last week. These kids are part of the Mary Johnson Children’s Center program for school-age children that is marking its 30th year this summer. Below, “shark” Martin Negron, right, chases Tenny Laruche and Nate Buell in a game of “Fishy Fishy” at the Mary Hogan playground in Middlebury last week. The three children are among the over 300 who take part in the day camps for school-age children run by the Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

VERGENNES — This year marks important milestones in the full-day summer camps of the Mary Johnson Children’s Center. The program has operated for 30 years in Middlebury, 25 years in Bristol, and 15 in Vergennes.

Maybe 30 years ago, kids weren’t wiring bananas into piano keyboards or making solar robots, as they’ll do this summer? But then as now, the pioneering program provides an important resource for local families.

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