Child and Youth Services hosted spring break events for youth March 13-17, a weeklong event open to all Fort Hood children registered with CYS.
Two centers — Muskogee School Age Care and Montague Youth Center — held the event and hosted a variety of field trips and activities inside the centers.
Keshia Gray, Montague Youth Center facility director, talked about how important their spring break event is for families.
“The most important thing is the kids are out of school for spring break and we want to make sure the children have a productive, fun, safe environment for something to do during spring break — we don’t want them to sit down and be idle, coming up with some not so great things to do,” Gray said. “So we want them to (come here) and be in a safe environment, fun environment.”
Montague, which hosts children grades 6-12, held a variety of fun activities for the military youth including making tie-dye T-shirts, painting and a variety of arts and crafts. The center also held other outside activities, including launching off makeshift rockets and playing with oversized bubbles you wear, and playing games like soccer and football.
The center also took the youth on field trips including Graffiti Park and Main Event in Austin, Spare Time in Temple, paintballing and also to Six Flags in Arlington. Montague closed out its last day — Friday — with a big barbecue bash on the grounds of Bronco Youth Center with everyone wearing their tie-dye shirts.
Muskogee School Age Care hosted the event for grades 1-5 and had a spring break theme titled Spring Carnival of Dreams. The center also went on field trips such as Cameron Park Zoo, bowling, Apache Arts & Crafts and Painting with a Twist. On days the center did not do field trips, children were able to participate in games and crafts like cooking classes.
Muskogee held its carnival party the Thursday during the weeklong spring break and focused on the theme, which included spin the wheel, bean bag toss, clown bulls eye, toss a ball and coin toss. Each game offered a prize or tickets to receive an item at the prize counter, which included things like suckers, hats and sunglasses.
Isolean Young, who is the facility director for Walker School Age Care, helped at the carnival event and also mentioned not only how beneficial the spring break event is for families, but the centers in general as well.
“We help the soldiers feel comfortable in bringing their kids here because they have to go work,” Young said. “So we make sure they come to a safe environment while they’re here. So parents don’t have to worry while they’re working. The center is (also) very educational. We don’t duplicate the school system, we implement it. That’s the reason why we still have education things going on along with them being able to still have fun.”
For Young, being able to help the local youth is just another way she can give back to the soldiers who continue to do so much for the community.
“We take care of the soldier’s kids and the soldiers take care of us.”