Students and their parents now how something to do during early dismissal days.
For the first time this year, the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library is sponsoring an Early Out Adventures program for students ages 12 to 17 and their parents from 2 to 4 p.m. on early dismissal days.
Each school year, Killeen Independent School District officials set aside several early out days. On those days, students district-wide leave their respective schools two hours earlier than the usual dismissal time.
Instead of going home and having nothing to do with that extra time, students and adults are invited to the library to enjoy games, crafts and movies while spending time with their friends, said Rose Ramon, library clerk in charge of teen activities.
Gwendalyn Henning, a sixth-grader at Eastern Hills Middle School, was one of 10 students and two adults who took advantage of the program Sept. 26.
“I like it because I can play with my mom and my friends at the same time,” Henning said.
The next Early Out event is Oct. 25, where a movie and candy will set the mood for Halloween. The program will feature a monster-themed film Oct. 29 and participants will decorate cookies.
“The Nov. 21 Early Out (program) will be the perfect time for pies and making cool Thanksgiving crafts,” Ramon said.
During October, November and December, the library will also offer after-school activities like movies and gaming for students ages 12 to 17 every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m.