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$30,000 Grant Brings New Programs to Play S.A.F.E.

Kids stretch with their instructors during a Play S.A.F.E. dance program.

Our City’s free summer program has been bolstered with a $30,000 grant from the Rutgers Community Health Foundation to help bring more enriching summer activities to local kids.

Play S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities for Everyone) started its 27th season on July 2. It is a free City-sponsored comprehensive summer program that provides New Brunswick children ages 6-12 with a variety of activities including music, dance, swimming, video production, games, crafts, academic preparation, reading and day trips.


Staffers prepare lunch for children during a past Play S.A.F.E. picnic.

Nutrition is an important tenet of the program, and as such, each child at all 11 Play S.A.F.E. sites receives a daily free and nutritious lunch, support by the Summer Food Service Program.

Utilizing this new grant money from the Rutgers Community Health Foundation, soccer and dance programs will be expanded at Play S.A.F.E. sites throughout New Brunswick and a new gymnastics program will be added to the program roster of activities.

Play S.A.F.E. will also begin a new Robotics program aimed to nurture science, mathematics and technology skills.

The programs will begin during the current summer session.