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It's spring break! Now what?
The mere thought of spring break conjures up trips to the beach and long, leisurely days filled with all fun and no agenda even for children whose parents work.
With the Central Kitsap School District spring break mere weeks away, agencies are gearing up to make sure that all kids have access to fun.
At Child Care Plus, which has before and after school day care at several schools in the district, the system is already in place for all-cay care for the students enrolled in the program.
According to Marcey Rusnak, preschool teacher and part-time director of preschool program, this spring break should be filled with games, arts and crafts, field trips and yes, even video games.
We provide child care before and after school for most of these kids, so we are prepared for it, Rusnak said. We go on field trips, sometimes we go to Wendys for lunch, or go to the movies or bowling. It all depends on accessibility and weather.
The format Child Care Plus uses during spring break is the same used during the summer months, she said. She understands the childrens need to relax during spring break, so there are no academics in the plan.
During the school year in before and after school care we do have a homework club, she said. But in the summer we pretty much just have fun.
The same applies to spring break, she said.
There will be some time set aside during the spring break for playing in the schools gyms and on the playgrounds and the older kids can tinker on the computers for a limited time. The children also will have access to the schools libraries.
For the students who are not already enrolled in before or after school care, Kitsap County is offering a spring break camp. The spring give em a break camp is for Kitsap residents 5-11 years old or in kindergarten through sixth grades. The cost for the camp is $20 a day or $79 for the week. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4-8 at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Events Center.
Campers will play a variety of sports, have arts and crafts and hear guest speakers.
The last day to register for the camp is Friday, April 1. For more information on the camp, call (360) 337-5350.
For children ages 6-15 who want to celebrate the onset of spring by sharpening their baseball skills, a baseball skills clinic is offered at Olympic High School on Thursday, April 7 at the Silverdale Stadium.
The session for 6-10-year-olds will be from 9 a.m. to noon and the session for 11-15-year-olds will be from 1-4 p.m.
The clinic, which will be run by Olympic High Schools head baseball coach Nick Andrews, will cover injury prevention, throwing, sliding, bunting, hitting and fielding. Participants must have a baseball glove.
The cost for the clinic is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Olympic High, and the districts elementary and junior high schools.
For more information on the clinic, e-mail Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.