Learning program bridges gap between summer and school

By Brandi Bailey

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A center dedicated to a fallen police officer is now dedicated to keeping kids minds sharp over the summer.

The Lee Barta Center underwent a recent renovation for a youth summer program.

The program is open to children ages 5 to 10 and runs for six weeks starting July 8.

Organizers say the program is intended to enhance learning in the areas of science, technology and math. It also encourages healthy living in a fun way through gardening and physical activity.

"I never thought that I would encourage addiction, but my hope is that by the end of the summer these kids will be addicted to learning based on the fun and engaging way we will be providing this education," said Binghamton Youth Director Colleen Wagner.

The center will host an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the center at 108 Liberty St.

The center was named after Lee Barta, a Binghamton police officer who was killed in the line of duty in that area in 1995.