Jeff enjoying the game.

Things are heating up in ACT’s Day Program. And it’s not the temperature. Activities Supervisor, Kristin Cummins, has the schedule buzzing with fun-filled activities.

“There were a lot of requests in our monthly meetings to do all-day trips. We wanted to fulfill them. We started scheduling these extended trips once a month,” Cummins says.

First was a trip to Busch Stadium in May to watch the Cardinals play against the Phillies. The group of 20 included several who had never been to a major league game before and three who use a wheelchair. Dinner was provided at the game and everyone was able to take home a souvenir. To top it off, the Cardinals won!

In June, a group of 15 ventured to the St. Louis Science Center. This trip was also a first for

The whole gang at the Cardinal's game.

The whole gang at the Cardinal’s game.

many, including Buddy, who loved learning about dinosaurs and the new addition to the venue.

For July, 35 people headed to Kansas City to CoCo Keys. This was the second time a group from ACT has visited the water resort. Everyone enjoys relaxing on the lazy river, going down the water slides, and the pizza party.

Two more trips are scheduled to round out the summer. The Day Program will be taking individuals to the State Fair (Sedalia) in August and the St. Louis Zoo in September.

“We try to take advantage of value discount days offered to serve a larger group of people,” Cummins says. “For instance the State Fair has a free access day that is sponsored by the Jaycees. Entry and a meal are provided. So we will plan to go on that day.”

Funds raised through CoMoGives also provide some financial support. For the trip to the Cardinals game, CoMoGives money was used to pay for the tickets, a ballpark meal (hotdog and an ice cold drink), and parking.

To ensure everyone gets to go on the trips, Cummins and Program Supervisors are thoughtful when coordinating the groups. “We like to make sure every person gets an opportunity to go on these extended trips,” Cummins says.

A baseball game, a water park, the Science Center, the State Fair, and the zoo! It looks like a great summer for everyone in the Day Program!