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School is out: Keeping kids’ minds, bodies active this summer

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With school out for the summer, families are settling into a new routine. Experts say it’s important kids’ minds and bodies are still active outside the classroom.


Mom of three and former teacher Janette Geasley says summer is a time for fun but the learning doesn’t end just because school is out.


“There tends to be a huge gap in the summertime when kids are staying at home and they’re not active,” she said.


That’s why the library becomes a home away from home for her three children.


“We like to do things that will engage their brains, so, we do a lot of reading,” said Geasley.


During their visit to the Mountain View Public Library Tuesday, the Geasley kids added “starting a business” to their list of summer activities. They signed up for the Lemonade Day program, which teaches kids about planning, budgeting and sales all through opening a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is June 10.


“Help kids think big and think that, one day I could open my own business, I could be my own boss and just instill that idea in their minds at a young age,” said VISTA Americorps summer associate Marie Barland.


“We use cards and things with transactions so the kids don’t tend to see money and understanding the concept of the value of coins and the bills and things like that,” said Geasley.


During the summer, a lot of families are drawn to the playground as a way to keep kids’ bodies active. Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department Outdoor Recreation Superintendent Brad Cooke said whether it’s signing up for one of the summer camps or just playing at the park, being outside can help kids apply lessons learned in school to real life.


“The greatest thing that they can take away from it is a connection to the world around them. We don’t live in a museum. We need to interact with our world,” said Cooke. “You can touch, you can feel, you can smell, you can climb, you can run, you can sweat, you can make friends. It’s a great way for parents to meet other parents if they’re new to the area.”


After picking out some books at the library, the Geasleys were planning a trip to the park, keeping mind and body active.


To learn more about available Anchorage Parks and Recreation summer programs, go to www.muni.org/active. To learn more about Lemonade Day, go to Alaska.Lemonadeday.org.


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