This Friday, the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and the DWI Planning Council, will host a very special Hawk Hangout for the students of Los Alamos Middle School.
“Middle school is such a brief period of time in comparison to elementary and high school,” Director Jordan Redmond said. “We want to help these kids celebrate these two exciting years and start the year off right!”
The Los Alamos Family Council, who operates both the Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers, provides free after school engagement opportunities for youth in third through eighth grades. The LAFC also oversees mental health services through their counseling program. The work is partially funded through Los Alamos County, the United Way of Northern New Mexico, partnerships and grants.
“The Youth Activity Centers were started in 1982 as a drug and alcohol prevention program,” said Redmond. “We’re glad to continue this tradition with the help of the DWI Planning Council by offering an alternative to these kids.”
The Los Alamos Family Council board was very supportive allowing summer staff the chance to expand opportunities for middle school students. The Friday night Hawk Hangouts started as school ended for summer and will conclude with a large event this Friday, but it may be just the beginning.
The DWI Planning Council will provide some fun and educational activities for the upcoming event. An artistic opportunity for middle school aged students will allow them to compete in an art contest to highlight support for reducing DWI in our community. Art can be created during the event, or dropped off at the Los Alamos or White Rock center throughout the week.
The DWI Council will be sponsoring a dunk tank from local vendor, Party to Go, for the Hawk Hangout. One noteworthy volunteer has already stepped up to the tank, LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Dr. Steinhaus was first to sign on the fun and a chance to kick off the school year in a really grand way.
“The DWI Planning Council is thrilled to support a prevention effort targeted at middle school kids,” acting Community Service Director Kirsten Bell said. “They will have fun while learning about the reality and dangers of drinking and driving.”
The STARS of the Los Alamos Rotary will shine their light on the event and shed a few volunteers to assist, by helping out with something every middle school student needs, food.
“Rotary STARS really stepped up to help us out by paying for food for the first 80 kids through the door, for those who don’t know, kids eat, they eat a lot!”
The free Rotary gift will offer burgers and drinks for the first 80 kids to kick off the fun fest. The only hitch is that students must show a current copy of their 2018-2019 class schedules.
“A place just for these kids, a dunk tank, and free food,” Redmond said. “That’s a great way to start the school year!”