Finch motivated to rev up Central rec programs
A familiar face in the Chair City is moving across town, as Justin Finch was hired as a director of the Thomasville Central Recreation Center.
Finch, a 2011 graduate of High Point University, has worked for the last four years in the childcare program at the Tom A. Finch YMCA. He replaces Tenee' Middleton, who took the same position at Greensboro Parks and Recreation. Finch's first day was March 25.
"I've always enjoyed working with kids and being able to provide a safe and fun environment for them," Finch said. "Cory [Tobin] and Vickie [McKiver] have said to me several times that if I come up with any kind of program ideas, I've got the liberty to attack that and pursue that. I'm pretty excited I've got two people who are willing to let me expand on some programs and take the lead, so that's always a good thing."
Among his of his primary responsibilities will be running Tiny Tots, after-school and summer camp programs. Cory Tobin, program director at Thomasville Parks and Recreation, said one of the reasons for the hire was because of his local background.
After graduating from Westchester Country Day School in High Point, Finch became a fixture at the YMCA, where he left an impression of his ability to relate to children.
"The addition of Justin to the Parks and Recreation Department excites me because of his experience with childcare," Tobin said. "He's younger and he's motivated to build the department, which is what we're looking to do. We are a public service. We're not police or fire, but we still are here for the city and we're trying to provide the best service that we can. I think he's going to be an intricate piece in that."
Tobin, who held the position at the Central Recreation Center before becoming program director, said knowing the city and surrounding areas is an important factor in the continual recruitment of children to the center.
Currently, 31 children, from kindergarten to seventh grade, attend the after-school program. Eight children make up the Tiny Tots program and, according to Finch, about 60 kids attended the summer camp last year.
He hopes to see those numbers rise with a number of additions and alterations to the schedule of events.
"As far as changes go, I think we're looking at adding a lot of swim time and Cory and I have talked about getting a lot of different field trips that they haven't been on," Finch said. "We really want to get them out to places like the Natural Science Center and different museums that are enjoyable for the kids, but also provide a learning aspect to the program."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.