by Lisa Tome
Tedd Holbrook is having a busy summer before he heads back to college.
Holbrook is leading the Rising Sun unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs.
The club, off Colonial Way, reopened in June after operations were suspended in April. He is being assisted by Ceara Barker, Erin Harkey, and Courtney Mullins. Harkey and Barker are both majoring in elementary education. Three LITs (Leaders in Training) are also helping out at the club.
"We lost a lot of kids who did not return to the program (following the closure). And we lost a lot of consistent people (staff)," said Holbrook, who worked at the club last summer as an activities assistant.
"We have all new staff this summer. It's a huge blessing. It's a really good group. It's been great."
Children begin arriving at the club about 7:30 a.m. on weekdays. They spend the first hour or so each day playing foosball, Wii, XBox, board games, cards, and more. "They love the pool table," said Holbrook.
About 9 a.m., the group heads outdoors for games. Holbrook said the favorite this summer is Medic Dodge Ball. Unlike traditional dodge ball, you can be saved in this variation.
It's not all fun and games. The club members are participating in the Cecil County Public Library Summer Reading program. The Bookmobile visits weekly. Maryland Cooperative Extension is also providing education classes regarding making smart nutrition decisions. A retired teacher is also volunteering with the club. She is teaching writing skills.
"These kids, it's a really good bunch. It's been good," added Holbrook.