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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:30 am

Kegan Heddleton, 5, usually spends her time off school lounging around at home and getting some rest.

But the Timber Ridge Elementary School student had a different experience for spring break last week by attending Camp Heights hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation department.

“It’s good,” she said. “We get to play in the gym and outside.”

About 20 children ages 5 to 11 were treated to a variety of camp activities, such as visits to the library, arts and crafts and “really cool field trips,” said Isabella Softy, 7, of Nolanville.

“It’s awesome,” she said.

Various sporting events also were available, including the camp favorite — dodge ball.

“Whenever I get on the line I just throw it as hard as I can,” said Earnest Swindell, 9, of Round Rock, adding that he enjoyed playing sports with his new friends and watching movies.

Campers also learned to line dance with senior citizens.

“You might want to come next time,” Swindell said. “You don’t know what you’re missing out on.”

Maria Ramon, 20, began volunteering as a camp counselor in 2009. She enjoys teaching the kids “right from wrong.”

“We try to teach them good sportsmanship … things they learn in school but it’s more fun,” Ramon said.

Ronna Brunson, 18, also volunteered for the first time in 2009. She enjoyed all the activities with the children.

“It’s sad that I like hanging out with kids (more) than people my own age,” she said, adding that she learns a lot from them. “They are so innocent.”

The parks and recreation department also hosts a summer camp for children.

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