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Headwaters Intervention Center rekindles S.A.F.E.

Ms. Bree is leading the S.A.F.E. Parks program at Heartland Park. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

After a four-year absence, the S.A.F.E. Parks program has resumed in Heartland Park.

"We’re trying to bring it back," said Amy Workman, executive director of Headwaters Intervention Center, which is organizing the summer program.

Funded solely by donations, S.A.F.E. Parks is designed to offer safe, fun and educational activities for children ages 12 and under.

A variety of games, arts and crafts is planned – from basketball to bubbles and Play-doh to painting.

"There’ll be different activities every time," Workman explained.

There is no charge to participate.

Children will be encouraged to stay active.

"That’s what we’re trying to promote – healthy activity, not just sitting on the couch," said Workman.

Each week’s activities will focus on a new theme. This week, for instance, it’s "friendship."

"One of the things we want to promote is anti-bullying," she said.

Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

The program will be cancelled on rainy days or if the temperature climbs over 95 degrees.

S.A.F.E. Parks is being held in both the Heartland Park and the Akeley City Park. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Aug. 26.

Donations of cash or craft supplies are welcome.

A fundraiser on July 4th is also in the works.

For more information, contact the Headwaters Intervention Center at 732-7413 or visit the Facebook page.