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South Holland offers spring break camp for students

2013-03-11T00:00:00Z South Holland offers spring break camp for studentsMary Ann Thornton Times Columnist nwitimes.com
March 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Spring break is coming! The South Holland Youth Commission has lined up an excellent week of activities for local students.

Spring break for most South Holland schools is the week of April 1. Rather than spend a week at home, the commission offers the following alternative:

• April 1: Hollywood Boulevard Theater, Woodridge; featuring “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with popcorn and candy

• April 2: Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness and Gymnastic Center

• April 3: White Mountain Golf Park, Tinley Park; golf instruction, driving range and miniature golf

• April 4: Medieval Times Matinee, Schaumburg

• April 5: Overnight lock-in at the South Holland Community Center (begins at 10 p.m. and ends at 7 a.m. April 6); activities include swimming, movie room, video games, karaoke, sports and laser tag

The winter and spring break program was designed by the South Holland Youth Commission in response to survey results from students and feedback from parents. Undeniably, there was a strong interest in available activities for young people when school is not in session. Residents, including parents of pre-teens and teenagers, expressed a need for youth social engagement during the winter and spring school breaks.

The break program was developed in 2009 to meet this need, and the element of the program that is most amazing is the low cost. With the generous support of local, regional and national businesses, the cost is $75 for the first child and $60 for each additional child for the entire week. Transportation, activities, lunch and a Youth Commission T-shirt are all included. Now that’s amazing.

Since the program began, event sponsors have included Providence Bank, MB Financial, Thornton Township, MetroSouth Medical Center, Lagestee-Mulder, Starbucks of Homewood, Comcast, McDonald’s, Sullivan & Gorman, D.D.S., and First Baptist Church of South Holland. This year, CSX railroad joins the list of sponsors that support the value of the program.

Registration is still available either in person at the South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St., or online at active.com. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Monday through Thursday at the Faith Family Future Center, 16931 South Park Ave. There is no day activity on Friday, as the Youth Commission prepares for the overnight lock-in.

This spring break lock-in will feature for the first time laser tag, set up by Battle Royale. Participants will have three hours of play available at midnight, immediately following swimming in the rim-flow pool. After laser tag, kids will have their choice of hanging out in the video gaming room, the movie room, basketball and dodgeball in the gym, or they can take the stage for karaoke. Also, an all-night café is open with a full line of refreshments, such as pizza, nachos, hot dogs, smoothies, shakes, soda, and candy.

While the program is designed to engage a maximum of 50 South Holland students between the ages of 10 to 15, participants with younger or older siblings are invited to sign up as well. Parents with multiple children appreciate that both their 12-year-old and 8-year-old are eligible to attend the week of field trips and the lock-in.

The South Holland Youth Commission is comprised of a team of appointed volunteers, many of whom schedule their personal vacations around the winter and spring break program. These are dedicated individuals who have a passion for enhancing the quality of life for children by engaging them in fun and interactive activities.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at mat39@comcast.net.

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