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January 11, 2013


Winter break activities keep youth engaged during time off from school

Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services program filled part of their winter break with activities at Fort McCoy that ranged from having recreational events to performing community service in support of the Army Community Covenant.
PHOTO: Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program enjoy an open gym activity. Photo by Rob Schuette
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program enjoy an open gym activity during their winter break. Physical fitness is an important part of the Child, Youth & School Services program year-round.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy CYS Services Boys & Girls Club of Fort McCoy/School Age and Youth Center director, said weekday activities from Dec. 26-28 and 31 and Jan. 2 included Boys & Girls Clubs events, such as an art club, CHARACTER COUNTS!, a sports club and kid’s choice activities.

Youth participating in the art club made entries for the annual Boys and Girls Club art exhibit.

The exhibit was held in January, and the winning entries were mailed to the regional art competition.

A number of special events during the winter break also introduced the youth to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) activities available in the Fort McCoy community.

Youth participated in physical fitness activities at the Rumpel Fitness Center Dec. 27. On Dec. 28, youth went to the Whitetail Ridge Ski Area for an afternoon of snow tubing. Sparta youth didn’t have school Jan. 2, so they went bowling at McCoy’s Thunder Bowl Bowling Center.

Other activities included a visit by a small group of carolers to a Sparta-area nursing home Dec. 26.

Youth also went to the Monroe County Animal Shelter Jan. 2 to deliver donations of blankets, towels and bedding, as well as toys and dog treats they made to the appreciative animal residents.

Yahnke said the visit to the animal shelter was a December Torch Club citizenship project, which was postponed due to weather.

Youth spent Dec. 31 at the Youth Center participating in New Year’s Eve projects and having a pajama party. Yahnke said youth also had many opportunities to play outside and enjoy the Wisconsin winter during the winter break.

The regular after-school CYS Services schedule resumed Jan. 2.

For more information about CYS Services programs and activities, call Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

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