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Beating the winter blues at Two Rivers Y

Posted on: 12:23 pm, January 23, 2014, by , updated on: 03:08pm, January 23, 2014

Frigid weather forced dozens of school districts to cancel classes on Thursday. But that didn’t stop local agencies from reaching out to help families.

Nearly 100 kids are getting a workout and more at Two Rivers Y in Moline. They’re playing a vigorous game of pinball. This is an emergency session for the School’s Out Club. The Y’s staff was pressed into action.

“We play games,” said Y counselor Erica Attwood. “We keep them active. We give them healthy snacks, and we have a lot of fun.”

Sometimes that involves a lot of fancy footwork. Counselors like Attwood are spending the day with kids. They’re trying all kinds of steps. It’s just the right mix for a brutal winter day.

“We also have homework support time,” said Shannon Flynn, who directs before and after school activities. “We’ve had parents ask if there’s a way for kids to practice their spelling. Do we have time? Yes, we do.”

K-8 kids from all over the Illinois Quad Cities participate. It costs $25 per session. It’s a positive option for working parents. Kids are busy, and parents know they’re spending the day in a safe place.

“They don’t have to find alternate care for their children at the last minute because they know the Y is place that they can send their kids,” Flynn said.

Everybody seems to enjoy the pinball game. It’s a nice blend of fitness and fun. Reasons why the School’s Out Club is a nice fit.

“They realize that it’s just a great time,” Attwood concluded.

Beating the winter blues, and burning calories, too. Two Rivers Y is at 2040 53rd Street in Moline. (309) 797-3945.