One of the most important elements in keeping our kids out of trouble is our community’s willingness to find good, healthy ways for kids to spend their time after school and on weekends.
A year ago, Gen. Colin Powell’s America’s Promise named St. Louis as one of the “Hundred Best Communities” in the country for children. We were noticed because of the hard work improving children’s lives being done by community groups such as VCR, ARCHs, the United Way, as Healthy Kids at Play; by teachers and administrators in many of our public and parochial schools; by neighborhood organizations; and by our City department directors in Human Services, Health, Recreation, and Buildings.
This week, the City’s Recreation division is announcing that it is beginning to register children for spring and summer sports programs. You can register your children for track, baseball, tee ball, or softball, find out about these programs, or volunteer as a coach or assistant by calling the Expanded Recreation League office at 589-6120 from noon to 8 pm daily.
Improving the quality of young people’s lives is one of the top priorities of my administration. Youth recreation programs are important parts of that effort. Proposition P, passed by voters last year, will produce $500,000 a year for recreation programs. The new BJC lease, if approved, will produce another $400,000 a year for recreation programs for children. But, the needs still outstrip the available programs.
Can you think of a way to help?