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By Special to the Monitor

What do you get when you mix children with games, art and fun food – one wild event.

Los Alamos Youth Leadership has worked for several months to produce the third annual LAYL Wild Day in Los Alamos. which will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The event is open to kindergarten through sixth grade students. The $15 fee covers costs for the program and provides each student with a T-shirt, wristband, free lunch and snacks.

Art projects this year center around make-and-take projects that children can either take home to their parents or send to local armed forces abroad.

“Wild Day is fun because it allows teen organizers to become kids again. It is also cool to see how you might have been when you were younger,” Keanna Cohen, a Los Alamos High School junior said. Cohen has been instrumental in adding youth volunteers to assist the LAYL students with the help of the National Honors Society (NHS).

While the program has passed the formal deadline, those interested in the event can reserve a spot by calling the YMCA at 662-3100. The call will add a placeholder to the program and forms can be turned in Saturday morning. The event is normally held on Mesa Field but this year will be held at the Los Alamos High School gymnasium and the football practice field due to construction on Mesa Field.

“We’re grateful to Ms. Nelms and the school district for allowing us to have a back up plan with the construction,” said LAYL Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen.

Forms for the events are available at the Aquatic Center, Family YMCA, as well as on-line and at www.losalamosjjab.com. LAYL is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.