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  •   Students of all ages are having a blast during spring break as they enjoy games, do projects and spend time inside and outside....
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  • Students of all ages are having a blast during spring break as they enjoy games, do projects and spend time inside and outside.

    Pittsburg Parks and Recreation’s Spring Break Blast is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grades, but college students also are having fun and learning through their involvement.

    “They’re having fun, so I’m having fun,” said Anthony Deal, a recreation administration major at Pittsburg State University.

    “I have to do volunteer hours for a couple different classes,” Deal said, adding that he decided spring break was a prime time to do so.

    Recreation superintendent Sara Mitchell said this is a new approach for PPRD. She added that five volunteers, four of whom are studying recreation, are helping elementary students stay active during spring break.

    “It’s easy and it’s fun work,” she said. “Every day with the kids will be different.”

    She said it also is helpful to have the combined benefit of students logging service hours and the community being served.

    “It’s really unique being able to pull from the student body PSU brings in,” she said.

    Both students and helpers said the afternoon had been enjoyable.

    “It do it mainly every year from when I was able to,” said nine-year-old Camden McDonald. “It gets funner every year.”

    He said the day’s activities had been “pretty cool,” and he was enjoying the opportunity to go and enjoy the activities as well as having extra time to play video games.

    Operations manager Alison Dudley said keeping children active was the goal.

    “As long as we’re keeping and being active,” she said. “Basically, it’s something for the kids to do while they’re out of school.”

    She said it is exciting for the department to provide opportunities of this variety.

    “They were really excited to be able to offer this,” she said. “We want the community to know about us and that we’re here.”

    Page 2 of 2 - The event runs three days and features activities such as ice breaker games, disc golf, snacks, free time on the playground, crafts, sidewalk chalk and more.

    Beth Blessent, a nine-year-old who attended, said the sidewalk chalk had been her favorite part of the first day, but she also looked forward to other activities.

    “We get to go outside and play on the park,” she said.

    Millie Mallatt, a recreation major at PSU, said she enjoyed having the opportunity to spend hours volunteering with the children.

    “It’s really just helping make their spring breaks fun,” she said.

    The program, which runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Lincoln Center, has up to 30 slots available and had 13 students enrolled on Monday. The price is $7 per day, and students may be enrolled by calling PPRD at 620-231-8310.

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