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Free programs, lunches offered for D60 students during strike

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D60 schools may have been closed on Monday, but students still stayed plenty busy. 

Mineral Palace Park was just one of several places for students to go. A free day camp, put on by Rocky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, was held at the park. The camp, providing over 20 different activities for K-6 students. 

For sixth-grader Anthony Richards, not being in school is "crazy...I'm used to going to school and it's like oh my gosh you guys are going on strike."

While he wasn't in a classroom on Monday, he and other students were still learning at the park. 

Philip Eborn, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Council, said, "When they're out of school we don't want them not busy and not being educated, and so we're doing some outdoor education things with them here today to keep their minds sharp, keep them in a safe environment...we really want to show our community that we support our kids."

Ryan Bradford, an administrator of Pueblo Rocks! feels the same. 

"They might not have anywhere to go."

His group presented a rock painting party for kids like Leland Reed who made a "Bronco-colored rock." 

Bradford said, "Watching all this go on it's hard. I'd rather be in the schools teaching kids than have to be out here doing this, but I know it's needed."

The goal of Monday's programs: to feed students' brains and their bodies.

Maria Kramer, youth services manager for the Pueblo City-County Library District, said, "Food security's a big issue for Pueblo especially for a lot of our patrons, so we're really glad to help there."

The Rawlings Library, along with other locations, provided a free lunch for students like William Wells who ate "chocolate milk and carrots and a roll."

It's something his mom, Annie Wells, is grateful for. 

"He's at a school where they automatically give everyone free lunch and free breakfast actually as well, so that's been really nice...I think the placing a priority on the kids nutrition is really important and I really appreciate it."

Most of these groups will continue activities this entire week is the strike continues. 

Here are the times and locations of the programs:

Rock Painting Party with Pueblo Rocks!

  • Bessemer Park (843 W Northern Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004)
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Day Camp at Mineral Palace Park

  • 1500-2100 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free lunch at Rawlings Library

  • 100 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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