March 24, 2016 News Release: Parks and recreation manager receives first statewide award, Department of Recreation, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Department of Recreation
107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 • Fax: 724-852-5356 •

News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: Elizabeth Menhart
Communications Director
Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428

Parks and recreation manager receives first statewide award
FOR RELEASE — March 24, 2016

WAYNESBURG, PA — Greene County Parks and Recreation Manager Pam Blaker last week received her first excellence in recreation and parks award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc.

Blaker accepted the award at a ceremony held Tuesday, March 15, during the 69th annual PRPS State Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs. The Department of Recreation was honored for the “UP STREAM” program held as part of the 2015 Greene County Summer Day Camp.

Funded by the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, "UP STREAM," or "YoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math," was held for the first five weeks of Day Camp. Each of the four Day Camp sites across the county participated twice a week. Lesson plans consisted of interactive, simple discussions explaining lesson themes and hands-on activities that engaged campers to use their creativity and apply their new knowledge in constructing various arts and crafts. Lessons included crystal and fossil formations, molecules and polymers, plants and honeybees, human skeletons, rockets, and wind, storms and the travel of light.

Campers had the opportunity to improve their strategizing and problem-solving skills and conduct various experiments that helped them see science in a fun light. Activities were broken into two age groups, ages 5-8 and 9-15. After the lesson and activities, campers then participated in a game or sport related to the lesson for the promotion of physical activity.

The program capitalized on the increasing interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that have been identified as key growth areas for jobs, with the potential for kids to establish an early relationship with the fields that may turn into a career path.

Since 2006, the Department of Recreation has been recognized with 10 excellence in recreation and parks awards. According to the PRPS, award recipients must demonstrate outstanding quality, innovation, range and value of appeal, community support, and efficient use of funding, human and material resources in the development, delivery and use of programs, special events, publications and promotions.

Nominations are rated based on how well they demonstrate the POWER principles, which include how the entry positions public parks and recreation as an essential community service, its outcome and wow factor, how it effects change and how it utilizes resources.

The PRPS is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field. Headquartered in State College, Pa., the PRPS is a nonprofit membership association with more than 1,700 members statewide. For more information, visit

Pictured: Pam Blaker (left), Greene County parks and recreation manager, accepts a Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Inc., excellence in recreation and parks award from Barry Bessler, chair of the PRPS recognition and awards committee, at a ceremony held March 15 in Seven Springs, Pa.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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