By Johnny Jackson
Youngsters will have a place to be active when schools take a recess for the upcoming Nov. 2, elections. The Henry County Parks and Recreation Department plans to host a two-day School Break Day Camp, Nov. 1-2, for school-aged children.
The Henry County School System will be closed on those days as part of its unpaid furlough schedule, according to Tony Pickett, the school system's executive assistant to the Office of the Superintendent.
Pickett said the days of no school will help fulfill the ten days of unpaid furloughs set for principals and central office administrators this school year, to help balance school budgets. Teachers, and some other school system employees, are scheduled to take eight days of unpaid leave.
The upcoming school-break day camp should be an answer for some parents, wondering how to keep their children active when school is out, according to Henry County Communications Director Julie Hoover-Ernst.
"This is the first time that we have offered a school-break day camp for the two-day breaks," said Hoover-Ernst, speaking on behalf of the county's parks and recreation department.
The communications director said the two-day camp was created in response to demand, and will function as a pilot for similar camps in the future.
"Assuming we get a good turn out, I'm sure it will continue," she said. "The camp will offer organized play and arts and crafts."
The cost for the two-day camp is $35. There is a limit of 150 children, with a capacity of 50 children per camp site.
The camp will be held from 7:30 a.m., until 6 p.m., at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough; at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, 1041 Miller's Mill Road in Stockbridge; and at the Fairview Activity Center, 1035 Fairview Road in Stockbridge.
Hoover-Ernst said camp registration will be available Oct. 18-29.
Residents can obtain registration information online, at www.hcprd.org , or in person at Heritage Park, at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, or at the Locust Grove Recreation Center.
For more information, call the Heritage Park office at (770) 288-7300, or J.P. Moseley Recreation Center at (770) 288-7311.