Peace of Mind During Spring Break

Spring break means teachers and students get a week off. But such holidays often present a challenge for working parents of school-age children. The Salvation Army kicked off another spring break camp for hundreds of area youth in Houston and Pasadena. Pat Hernandez has more.

The numerous breaks during the school year make it difficult for single parent and two working parent families. Juan Alanis is with The Salvation  Army. He says another Spring Break Camp has begun, giving parents a peace of mind.

"A lot of parents do have to work during spring break so, we've done this Spring Break Camp every year since we've had our Boys and Girls Clubs, and its basically just a place where they can drop them off early in them morning, pick them up in the evening when they get off work, and we'll take care of the. We have staff that works with them, and just keep them entertained, keep them in a safe place away from the streets, away from bad influences, trying to keep them protected."

He says kids are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.

"Those are the kids that usually can't take care of themselves, and that require either a day care or that require a care giver of some sort. So, this avoids that extra cost for the families that they can bring them here, and our staff will take care of them."

He says the kids take part in various activities from indoor and outdoor recreational events, arts and crafts, field trips and some instruction.

"They know each other and so to them, it's kind of like a mini-vacation, because they get to play around instead of being in school for the whole week. They get to come here with their friends, and play with them and just take part in different activities while their parents are at work."

Participating families pay 25 to 65 dollars per child, for the week, depending on which area of town they are in. Alanis adds if you are not a member, the Salvation Army will invite you to join.  

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Pat Hernandez

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...