Since 2009, the Miami Summer Recreation Program (MSRP) has served thousands of kids ages 6-14 from the Miami area. During the month of June, students get the opportunity to explore local parks, play games and sports, and finish off the day with a free meal at the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College café. “The program gives the kids something to do during the summer and keeps them out of trouble,” said parent Kristi Rendel, an insurance broker, who also volunteered as a group leader this year. “It warms my heart to see kids get a chance to interact, build team skills, and get a good meal. My kids have really enjoyed the program and I love being able to spend the summer with them.”
Rendel served as a camp counselor for the red group (younger children). “I loved how organized it was. We had 50-100 kids every day and we had six or seven counselors who helped keep everything running smoothly.”
After morning activities, the kids end each day with a free meal at the NEO café provided by Sodexo Food Service, led by Cathy Cunningham, director of Sodexo Food Service on campus. Cunningham and her team prepared about 1200 meals per week during the program. “The kids are well behaved and excited to see what they get to have – especially when it is chicken nuggets, hamburgers, or pizza.” “We offer them a well-rounded meal that fits the state guidelines,” added Cunningham. “Each year, we get some returning students who remember the staff and the great food they prepare, and I’m always glad to have them!” For more information on the program, which runs for the month of June, visit the MSRP Facebook page or call 918-257-1111.