The Parsons Recreation Commission can’t offer its many activities to the youth of the community during the pandemic, but staff members found a way to deliver some creative fun to kids.
Andi Schibi, events director, and Arianna Bennett, recreation commission administrator, on Tuesday morning filled plastic bags with craft items for children.
Schibi said the recreation commission planned to coordinate with Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks to have the police deliver about 50 craft bags to children in the community. She hadn’t heard back from Spinks as of Tuesday evening, so she wasn’t sure if the police would be able to deliver the bags.
Schibi said the recreation commission was inspired by the community projects other local organizations were doing during the coronavirus pandemic and by the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association.
“We had a surplus of supplies, and we just wanted to do something to help the community,” Schibi said.
She and Bennett filled the bags with clothespins, popsicle sticks, markers, crayons, glue sticks, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, pipe cleaners, PK Panther temporary tattoos, cardboard that can be used as a canvas, construction paper and a bag with a plastic egg, colored fluffy ball, pink triangle and eyes that apparently are to be used for an Easter craft. The recreation commission also included a free, one-day pass to the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool, a voucher for a free taco at Taco Mayo and Sonic coupons.
On the recreation commission’s Facebook page, Schibi was looking for private messages with addresses for families that wanted bags. She also asked children to share their creations.
The craft bags come with no directions for a project, so Schibi said kids can just use their creativity to make whatever they want. Some of the items can be used for indoor art projects while others, like the bubbles and sidewalk chalk, can help kids stay busy outside their homes getting some sunshine when the weather is nice.