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Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalTrenten McLaughlin, 8, cools off on a hot Friday afternoon in the pool at East Rockingham Park.
Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalTrenten McLaughlin, 8, cools off on a hot Friday afternoon in the pool at East Rockingham Park.
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ROCKINGHAM — Dragons are everywhere this summer, said Denise Watkins of the Ebony Dragons Martial Arts Summer Camp.


Watkins is a longtime member of Ebony Dragons Martial Arts Studio and said she is excited to be part of its inaugural summer day camp for kids ages 4 to 14.


“This is our first year offering daily activities for local kids, and we’re very excited to get it off the ground,” Watkins said. “We have all kinds of activities five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”


For $60 per week, participating children will benefit from academics each morning, followed by recreation time. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Dragon campers visit area parks. Tuesday is bowling day, and Thursdays are spent at the library or skating rink.


“And Friday is swimming day,” Watkins added.


Eight-year-old Trenten McLaughlin enjoyed splashing and swimming in the pool Friday at East Rockingham Park with Ebony Dragons sensei Ronnie Covington. Wearing a bright orange T-shirt and a pair of neon-green goggles, he demonstrated his swimming skills while having fun.


Covington said there’s still room for more to join the summer camp. He and Watkins agree that the academic mornings are important for keeping kids’ minds active over the long summer break while school is out of session and hopefully helps them retain more from the previous school year.


Tommy Shelton, a fourth-grade teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary School, works at the pool for the summer. The East Rockingham pool, maintained by Richmond County Parks and Recreation, opened to the public on June 2.


“Swimming for children and adults is $2 per day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,” Shelton said. “The pool is also available for private parties for a fee of $40 for two lifeguards and $2 per person at the party.”


Parties must take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.


Reach reporter Melonie Flomer at 910-997-3111, ext. 15.


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