Every Saturday morning, a group of children ranging from 6 to 12 years old, line up in the front yard of a house on Wade Lane and practice their kung fu moves. These future kung fu masters are participants in the Payson Community Kids program, a local nonprofit organization started by the town's housing coordinator, Marcy Rogers.
The program was started seven years ago to provide support, activities and education to children of low- and medium-income families, some of whom have special needs.
Rogers believes kung ku, other martial arts and yoga teaches them deep breathing and balance.
Payson Community Kids currently serves 50 children. The program also teaches kids citizenship, the value of community service, and helps provide them basics such as food and clothing.
Payson Community Kids can always use more help. Donations of clothing, bicycles, toiletries and food can be dropped off at the Community Development building at Town Hall. The organization is also currently in need of a computer printer. Financial contributions are tax deductible and can be dropped off at town hall or mailed to Marcy Rogers, Payson Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway, Payson 85541. Volunteers are always welcomed.
For more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 2269.