Alyssa Saulnier, a fifth grader, skates at the Craig Ice Rink Friday afternoon during an outing with the Boys & Girls Club.

Photo by Darian Warden

Alyssa Saulnier, a fifth grader, skates at the Craig Ice Rink Friday afternoon during an outing with the Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Club offers winter activities over break

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“As families have to go back to work and life resumes as normal, kids have a safe place to be.”

Craig Boys & Girls Club executive director Dana Duran about being open during winter break

The end of the holidays has inevitably come, and as families return to work and schedules, kids who have yet to return to school have been able to have fun at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig.

With the help of Yampa Valley Bank, $8,000 was raised to help both the Boys & Girls Club in Craig and Steamboat stay open Wednesday through Friday during the winter break.

“As families have to go back to work and life resumes as normal, kids have a safe place to be,” said Dana Duran, executive director for the Craig Boys & Girls Club.

In order to keep the club open during winter break, Yampa Valley Bank launched the Give Change To Make Change fundraising campaign, which Duran said included a cute incentive to bring in $10 in change to the bank, which went straight to the club, and in turn receive a piggy bank with a one-dollar coin inside.

“Yampa Valley Bank did a really nice fundraiser,” Duran said.

And it appears Craig parents and their children are utilizing the resource, with Duran reporting about 50 kids attending each day the club has been open over break.

Duran and unit director Kim Maneotis have been keeping the kids engaged with interesting activities throughout the break, including sledding at the high school and snowshoeing a few times.

“The past few days it’s been so cold we’ve kept them inside playing board games and drinking hot cocoa,” Duran said.

Even inside the kids are kept busy with activities like creating cars and racing them, winter arts and crafts, carpet ball challenges and air hockey.

But Maneotis said the kids are outside whenever the weather is OK, involved in activities such as outside soccer and even ice skating at the rink in Craig.

“There’s lots of stuff to do,” Maneotis said. “Every hour it’s something different. We’re working really hard to have fun things to engage the kids at all age levels.”

Maneotis said snowshoeing will be an activity available to the kids all winter.

“It’s really fun for them to get outside exercise and challenges with some obstacle courses, as well as just experience something they haven’t done,” Maneotis said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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