As part of a Power Up program, kids presented their own ideas for an aquatics center.
The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton worked on their own visions for the project which city officials are currently working on with design professionals, and presented them at Mount Marty College. The designs included features they would like the new facility to have.
According to Stephanie Brodeur, the lead teacher, the children worked hard on their ideas to improve the city’s pool.
“They started the program really discussing some things that our community pool already has, things that they currently enjoy, things they then wished our pool would have and from there the ideas kind of exploded,” Brodeur said. “We had ideas of shark tanks and aquariums. It was really just an awesome free-for-all. I think they really enjoyed coming up with ideas to make our Yankton community pool wonderful.”
The kids made their models out of pool noodles, Legos, LifeSavers, and drink umbrellas. They suggested adding wave pools, concession stands, and lazy rivers.
“The kids are in the Power Up Program, which is a five-week summer learning loss program,” said Jenny Grendler, Boys & Girls Club director of program operations. “One of the projects that they do is an inquiry-based program. They took a community problem, or challenge, that the community is going through and kind of put their spin on it and worked through what they would like to see in it. While they were doing that, they worked on reading skills, literacy skills and math to kind of help them so they’ll be ready for school in the fall and also help solve a problem in their community.”