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Food for Thought: Volunteers needed – Let’s have an Osage County Spring Fling!

Nancy Schuster
Frontier District Extension Agent

Spring break for local schools is March 14-18, 2016. During spring break some families take trips, some go shopping at the mall for a day, or go to the movies; for many parents spring break is an added need for child care. Children with extra time on their hands can be a real worry for parents. Spring Fling Osage County is a potential solution for families with children, and an opportunity for community members to support youth in informal learning.

foodforthoughtThe Franklin County Coalition for Children has sponsored a Spring Fling in Ottawa for many years. Spring Fling is a variety of organized events and activities sponsored by local organizations, so youth have fun and exciting things to do the week of spring break. Activities range from open gym at sports centers to crafts projects and cooking classes. Events are generally free or extremely low cost. Each activity has a few requirements such as pre-registration, or parent or guardian must be present, and a time schedule. Some Ottawa churches have even offered free lunches for families, and many times a craft project.

Anderson County began a similar Spring Fling four years ago based on the Franklin County event. The Chamber players have offered a morning theater workshop, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has offered a beginning anglers class at the South Lake at Garnett, Red Cross had a pillow project, and Frontier Extension District has offered youth cooking classes. The local public library sponsored the Lego movie and reserved a thousand Legos kit for youth to build projects. A year ago, local businesses and banks were asked to donate money that would support a free skating party and bus ride to the Ottawa skating rink for Anderson County families.

It’s time to start a Spring Fling for Osage County! Volunteers and organizations are needed to offer classes for Osage County youth during spring break. Current plans for Osage County include a babysitter’s clinic and cooking classes – “Strawberry Jam and Whole Wheat Bread”; both offered by Frontier Extension District.

Anyone interested in helping with Osage County Spring Fling is asked to contact the Frontier Extension District Lyndon office at 785-828-4438, or the Garnett office at 785-448-6826 and be a part of a new event for Osage County youth.

schustersmNancy Schuster is a Frontier Extension District family and consumer science agent whose responsibilities include providing information about food safety, nutrition, food science and food preparation. She is based in the Garnett office of the Frontier Extension District and can be reached at 785-448-6826 or email [email protected].

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