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August 24, 2012

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Installation youth participate in SKIESUnlimited summer classes

Fort McCoy’s School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills (SKIES) Unlimited program has had a busy summer schedule. A number of courses have been offered to help support youth participating in the Child, Youth, School (CYS) Services program.
PHOTO: Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program participate in swimming. Photo by Jobi Spolum
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program participate in swimming during a School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills Unlimited class.
(Photo by Jobi Spolum)

SKIESUnlimited is a program designed to complement, expand and support the academic, life skills and athletic experiences of children and youth in school and in CYS Services programs. The classes are open to youth eligible to use CYS Services who are 6 weeks to 18 years old, said Becky Walley, Fort McCoy CYS Services School Liaison officer/Outreach Services director.

Two factors have played a key role in the increase of summer offerings.

First, the VISTA members have provided support to the program to schedule additional classes. Second, the participants have a more-flexible schedule to attend the classes during the summer with school not in session, Walley said.

“We have been able to get several volunteer adult instructors to present the classes,” Walley said. “The classes have covered a wide variety of interests so youth have had a large selection of choices, which have covered both leisure activities as well as educational topics.”

PHOTO: Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program participate in baseball. Photo by Jobi Spolum
Youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program participate in baseball during a School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills Unlimited class.
(Photo by Jobi Spolum)

The classes available have included introduction to dance, jazz, fishing, hunter safety and babysitting, Walley said. The youth who attended the babysitting classes received a certificate of completion acknowledging they have skills to be a babysitter, Walley said.

Other offerings included swimming, baseball, and a T-shirt design class, which was presented by VISTA member Andrea Turtenwald. Walley said the program also partners with various Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation organizations to offer classes. Army Community Service, for example, offered conflict-management and stress-management classes to summer CYS Services participants.

CYS Services youth and parents also can suggest classes. Actual course offerings will depend upon instructor availability as well as any necessary equipment to support the offerings, she said.

“We encourage anyone who has a special hobby or talent they want to share with the youth to become an instructor,” Walley said. “We’re still working on the fall schedule and would like to continue the momentum of the summer classes.”

For more information about SKIESUnlimited classes or any adults who would be interested in becoming instructors, contact Parent Central Services at 608-388-8956.

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