Parks and Rec wins national award for S.L.I.M.E program

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJune 14, 2013 

Columbus’ Parks and Recreation department has received a national award for slime.

Well, for S.L.I.M.E., actually.

The National Association of Counties chose Columbus parks and rec department’s Scientific Learning Involving Magnificent Experiments program for its 2013 NACo Achievement Award. The allows pre-teen students to explore physics, chemistry and biology during after-school hours.

Students apply scientific concepts to real-life applications through experiments. It is coordinated by Shelley Stephens and Millie Del Toro, community schools district supervisors.

Parks and Rec Director James Worsley credits his staff for garnering the award.

“We have phenomenal professionals using innovative ideas to positively effect the lives of Columbus’ children,” Worsley said. “It is wonderful to see our community getting this type of national recognition.”

NACo’s Achievement Awards recognize innovative county government programs. The awards are given in 21 different categories, including Children and Youth, Information Technology, Community/Economic Development, Transportation, and Parks and Recreation. The applications are judged on intergovernmental cooperation, increasing citizen participation and awareness, improved cost effectiveness of county programs, improved public policy making and other such criteria.

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