By MEGHAN McCOY
The first pool party of the summer, which will be held Friday, June 7, at the Pine Island Public Pool, is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island.
"One of the things Kiwanis does is give back to the community and its youth," Kiwanis member Scarlett Player said, which is being done through the clubs added service projects.
Player said the event is important for the community because every school age child wants to celebrate school being out for the summer and what better way than with a pool party.
"It's important for the community to know that we are here, and we are here for them," she said of the Kiwanis. "We raise money all year to give back to the youth and it isn't just scholarships for high school grads, it's for all the youth of the island."
If You Go
What: Pool Party
Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Greater
Where: Pine Island Public Pool
When: Friday, June 7,
The Pool Party is also kicking off the extended hours of the pool, which will be in effect for the entire summer.
The summer hours are as follows: 1-5:45 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. until 8:45 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
The Kiwanis Club is providing the food for the Pool Party, which will begin being served at 6:30 p.m.
"We will be serving hot dogs and chips and watermelon and lots of pickles," Player said, adding that last year they had children fighting over who got to take the jar of pickle juice home with them.
Pine Island Pool Aquatic Supervisor Sandy Reynolds said although the food is free, individuals still have to pay admission if they do not have a season pool pass.
In addition to the pool being open for everyone to use, she said they also have some relay races in the works for those who attend.
"I hope everyone will be able to come and have a ton of fun," Player said.
The next pool party, which is being sponsored by the group, Friends of Pine Island Pool, is scheduled to be held Friday, June 14.
The Kiwanis Club is also sponsoring the last pool party on July 26 to kick off the start of another school year.
In addition to the pool party, Reynolds said the Lee County School District is offering free lunches at the pool Monday through Friday from 12-1 p.m. for children under 18.
"Even if they are not swimming, please come and get a free lunch if you need it," she said.