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Taking a break!

The Woolwich Memorial Centre was buzzing with energy this week as it held its second annual March Break day-camp and hosted a variety of kid-friendly activities during the week away from school. The camp had 23 full-week participants and up to 15 more joined for individual days through the week. Activities included swimming, skating and arts and crafts as well as outdoor play, weather permitting. Camp leader and WMC pool supervisor Adrienne Schmidt said the centre relied on its previous experience with summer day camps to help create programming for the March Break.

HAVING SOME FUN ON ICE, Lauren Hickey, Emily Hickey and Brendan Hickey spent the afternoon skating.

“They get to learn new games and activities while making friends,” Schmidt said. “It’s active, it’s fun and they get to expel some of the energy.”

While the camp gave parents a fun alternative to day care, the centre also hosted free skates, free swims and toonie skates for kids to participate in a-la-carte.

A full compliment of staff at WMC meant parents didn’t have to worry about leaving kids on their own.

Catherine Soehner was one of many WMC lifeguards watching activity in the pool while swim lessons were suspended for the week.

“We’re very diligent,” she said. “There’s no running (near the pool), no rowdiness.”

Many of the staff and volunteers were as excited as the kids to be out of the house for the study break. Camp leader Joey Primeau never lost his smile as he lead a painting craft for wound up children.

“Everybody’s just so excited to be out of school,” he said. “There’s just so much positive energy.”

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