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 April 23, 2010

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SKIESUnlimited Program to begin this summer at CYS Services

The Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services program will implement a new program this summer to complement, expand and support the academic, life skills and athletic experiences of children and youth in school and in CYS Services programs.

The new program is titled SKIESUnlimited, which is an acronym for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills.”

Becky Walley, Fort McCoy Outreach Services director, said the program has been implemented Armywide and serves children ages 6 weeks through 18 years (high school seniors). Eligible patrons include active-duty military, appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel, Reservists and National Guard personnel on active duty or during inactive-duty training, and DoD contractors.

SKIESUnlimited is comprised of four schools: School of Sports, School of Arts, School of Life Skills and School of Academic Skills.

Walley said the program will start small at Fort McCoy. Initial classes offered include swimming lessons (beginning with youth 4-years-old and 42-inches tall to 18-year- olds), tumbling (ages 2-5) and soccer (ages 5-7) classes. Fees may apply.

New classes will be added throughout the year, she said. Classes may be offered based upon requests from parents/youth, if instructors can be identified or are available.

Volunteer instructors are being actively sought. Members of the Fort McCoy community with skills/talents they would like to share in music/voice, art, gymnastics, life skills, sports and fitness, academic support, etc., can call 608-388-8956 to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Youth who are part of a Family with a deployed Soldier may be eligible for up to $300 in free SKIES classes per deployment per child/youth or up to $150 for SKIES classes per child/youth if they are part of a Family with a Soldier in a designated support assignment. These benefits begin 30 days before a deployment and continue to 90 days afterward.

For more information about the SKIES program at Fort McCoy or to register for classes at the installation, call 608-388-8956, or visit the Web sites http://www.mccoymwr.com or https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/mccoycyms.html.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program.)

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