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Facilities offering day care options for parents affected by D60 teacher strike

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Several organizations in Pueblo are working to make sure kids out of school still have somewhere safe to go this week during the D60 teacher strike which impacts 16,000 students.

"We've been kind of anticipating that this may happen," said Becky Medina, the Vice President of Operations at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County.

The YMCA of Pueblo is offering members and non-members day care options for children five to 12 years old.

Activities include rec sports like rock climbing, basketball, water sports and games.

"It creates a safe place rather than your child just being have to be, you know, left at home," said Colleen Jones, the Vice President of Operations at the YMCA of Pueblo.

Their new extended hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. They made 35 more spots available but less than a dozen remain.

"It could be stressful for [parents] and trying to figure out what to do with children when they're normally at school and it's such last minute for them," Jones added.

"So it's very important for them and our community to try to open up all the possibilities that we can to help support our schools, our community and the teachers."

As all District 60 schools are closed in Pueblo due to a teacher strike, the district will still provide meals to students.

Nearly 80 percent of D60 kids qualify for reduced or free lunch, and for some it's the only balanced meal they get all day.

The District says it does plan on serving meals, despite the schools being closed. 

The schools that will offer free lunches for students are Minnequa, Mortin, Belmont, Baca, and Beulah Heights Elementaries, as well as the Lucero and Rawlings Libraries from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Meanwhile, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County are now opening their doors from 8 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.
They're already at capacity, but are looking into what else they can do.

"We know that when school is out, young people need a place to be," added Medina.

The Boys and Girls Clubs currently serve about 900 kids from ages six to 18.
They offer mentorship opportunities, sport activities, arts and crafts - and let's not forget games!

The schedule changes at both these facilities was made possible thanks to staff.

"We have a wonderful group of staff that instantly even said to us, they said anything that we can do and we'll help out," said Jones.

"Our staff are being really flexible as well," remarked Medina.

These organizations, collaborating to make this upcoming week a stress-free endeavor for parents and kids.

"We're ready to support our kids and community," said Medina.

The Pueblo Zoo will be offering a 50 percent discount for children admissions from May 7 - May 11. The zoo will be open Monday through Saturday next week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pueblo City Parks and Rec is also working on extending hours.

The Pueblo City-County Library InfoZone Theater will also run kid-friendly movies at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For a complete list of events happening at all 12 Pueblo City-County Library locations, please visit www.pueblolibrary.org. 

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