HOWLAND - From visiting a water sprinkler park to stay cool, to taking part in crafts, special needs children and adults were provided five weeks of activities as part of the annual summer enrichment program.
Bazetta residents Renee and Rocky Maiorca run the program along with many volunteers to provide activities for those with special needs ages 6 to 22.
Rocky Maiorca said the theme this year was ''Jimmy Buffet's Summer Enrichment in Paradise," with songs, music, skits, shows and a finale appreciation lunch for participants, their parents and the program volunteers.
The event has been held for more than 30 years.
Renee Maiorca said the children develop new friendships over the five weeks with the other campers and staff.
''So many of the children come back year after year,'' she said.
While most activities take part at Howland Middle School, there are weekly field trips to the Cleveland Zoo, bowling alleys, roller-skating rinks, and the water sprinkler park in Middlefield.
Linda Kello said she likes the fields trips.
''My favorite was the Cleveland Zoo where we saw lions,'' she said.
Rocky Maiorca said three days activities are held at Howland Middle School including crafts, visual arts and music, and two days are field trips.
The Maiorcas said much of what is provided would not have been possible without various organizations and groups, such as the Warren Junior Women's League and Bazetta Optimist Club.
Dustin Merriman said he likes the music and helped his group write the lyrics to "The Summer Camp in Paradise" similar to Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise.''
He enjoyed the Name that Tune game.
Chrissy Brown, a teacher and volunteer, said the new sprinkler park was a new field trip that the children loved.
''It was so hot one day that everyone loved getting wet to cool off,'' she said.
Bill Glancy of the Bazetta Optimist Club, said the club helps sponsor the the event and will help with a Chinese auction fundraiser Oct. 5 at Candlelight Knolls in Bazetta.
Reene Maiorca said that is a major fundraiser for the group.
Ellen Spano, a volunteer, said the children love the activities and anything new.
"We all had so much fun this summer," Spano said.