All for the kids at Mt. Sterling Community Center

Lt. Zach Graham with the Tri-County Joint Fire District uses a fire hose to cool off children taking part in the Mount Sterling Community Center’s summer youth program. Firefighters are at the community center most Fridays for planned water activities, pending availability.

(Posted June 18, 2024)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer/Photographer

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, children ages 3 to 15 years old visit the Mount Sterling Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for educational and recreational activities.

Organized by Madison-Plains High School rising senior McKenzie Adams and staffed by student volunteers, the free program offers area youths a fun and safe space to burn off energy, learn new things, and make friends during their summer break. At each session, the Community Center provides participating children with a free lunch sponsored by local businesses, individuals, and organizations. Feed the Kids Columbus provides snacks.

For more information, call the Mount Sterling Community Center at (740) 869-2453. Activities will not be held on July 3 and July 5 due to the Independence Day holiday. The week of July 8, day trips to the Madison County Fair are planned in lieu of regular programming at the center.

The Mount Sterling Community Center is located at 164 E. Main St. and online at

Volunteers and attendees make a list of the qualities of a superhero.
Making handcrafted cards to give to the superheroes in their lives are: (from left) Amelia Boucher; Hannah Holt, student volunteer; and Amberlyn Boucher. Amelia, 10, said she and her sister have “a lot of fun” at the community center and consider it the highlight of their day.
Kaiden Barksdale, 8, shows off the paper airplane he made and “flew” around the gymnasium.
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