‘Family fun day’ a last hurrah before school

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Knocked it out of the park: Golf Elite League of Youth instructor Simuel Stevenson shows young Alex how to hit a golf ball.
Helping her out: Officer Brown and Officer Evelyn prepare 10-year-old Kiana to climb the rock wall.
Almost over the line: Kids from Brooklyn USA Basketball Camp play tug-of-war.
Mustering all their strength: Kids on the other side of the rope pull hard.
Made it to the top!: Brave souls enjoyed the rock climbing wall.
Family fun day!: Kiana and Lakia Joseph enjoyed the activities with their grandmother, Jonetta Adubor at the family fun event in Canarsie.

They bade summer farewell as school bells get ready to ring.

Hundreds of families came out to Canarsie Park on Thursday to enjoy time together before the kids return to the classroom, during state Sen. Roxanne Persaud’s Family Fun Day. Youngsters got to scale a rock climbing wall with the help of local police officers, muster up all their strength during a game of tug-of-war, and get their faces painted. And for one youth, the climbing wall was not only fun — it was a lesson in never giving up.

“The first time I went half way, and then the second time I went all the way up,” said Kiana Joseph from Canarsie.

The 10-year-old climber also learned valuable fire-fighting skills as she, her grandmother, and her 6-year-old sister Lakia navigated their way through a pretend smoke-filled house the Fire Department set up to let people practice escaping an emergency.

And Joseph showed off the colorful butterfly she had painted on her face during the event — all of the kids really enjoyed the day, said grandma Jonetta Adubor.

“We had a good time — face painting, they climbed the rock,” she said. “They had a wonderful time.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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