Lincolnton, NC – What connection between BINGO, crime prevention, responsible pet ownership, making bird feeders, snail mail tips, Smokey the Bear, a magic show, Lug Nut & NASCAR, and NC’s only US President? These are some of the exciting free arts/crafts, educational, and entertaining programs planned and scheduled weekdays from 11:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. for children (18 years old and younger) attending Boger City United Methodist Church’s 5th Annual Summer Lunch & Enrichment Program, in their Fellowship Hall, located at 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton. Children and adults accompanying them are encouraged to arrive prior to the time these programs begin. Children and teens (18 years old and younger) are encouraged to stay and to eat a free bag lunch consisting of a sandwich, vegetable, fruit, and chocolate milk regardless of their parents income in the churches Fellowship Hall, from 12:00 NOON to 12:30 P.M.

“Each day, children attending our churches summer lunch meal site receive a book to take home and keep,” emphasized Robert Tomlinson, Site Manager. Over the past 4 years, our church meal site has given away thousands of books to the children. Without months of planning by our church’s volunteers, cooperation from arts/crafts, educational/entertaining community program volunteers, dedicated parents transporting their children, and the active parental involvement with their children attending our churches’ 5th Annual Summer Lunch & Enrichment Program would not have been such as GREAT success. During series of brainstorming sessions planning a hodgepodge of arts/crafts, educational and entertaining programs, our church’s Summer Lunch & Enrichment Program committee takes into account our children ages, grade levels, and other variables to encourage the children and their parents to return and to invite their friends, neighbors, and relatives, “ reiterated Tomlinson.

Due to extenuating circumstances, it might be necessary to cancel or reschedule certain programs. A list of free arts/crafts, educational and entertaining programs are listed below:

Thursday, July 18th- Rick & Myra Jane Ramseur will present a “Summer Magic Show” and are looking for children volunteers.

Friday, July 19th- BINGO-the children will have an opportunity to play traditional BINGO and learn some BINGO LINGO,and to win an assortment of prizes.

Monday, July 22nd- Lug Nut, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s mascot makes an appearance, and interacts with the children and adults. Children will have an opportunity to win an assortment of NASCAR and racing theme items.

Tuesday, July 23rd- Balloon Man Mike Maddox returns to share his balloon magic. Also, children will have an opportunity to work on their artistic skills.

Wednesday, July 24th- Nathan Eurey, City of Lincolnton Parks & Recreation shares a water safety program.

Thursday,July 25th- Sharon Borst, Pumpkin Center Intermediate School’s Guidance Counselor and Bella, her pryedoodle dog, share an educational program.

Friday, July 26th- Volunteers and staff from the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville dressed in 18th Century clothing share about the life of our 11th US President born in North Carolina.

For more information about their 5th Annual BCUMC Summer Lunch & Enrichment Program and/or directions, please call 704-735-7513.