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If you think the kids in Los Alamos are wild now, just wait.
The Los Alamos Youth Leadership team, A-Squad, with the drive of Keanna
Cohen, will sponsor LAYL Wild Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction
with the Parks and Recreation Hershey¹s Track and Field Meet.
³LAYL Wild Day is a day for elementary age kids and teens to connect, Cohen
said. ³This will be a day where kids can have role models, and when teens
can let their inner child out.²
The idea for the dynamic teen team also encourages a healthy and active
A-Squad team members include Keanna Cohen, Jeremy Kasik, Benigno Sandoval,
Madison Ahlers, Jordan Gillespie, Alex Kirk, Zach Stevens, Emily Breiner,
Jason Grider and Claire Bounds. The adult sponsors of A-Squad are Sharon
Stover, Morrie Pongratz, Cathe McClard and Marc Clay.
The students met during the summer for a LAYL workshop and were divided into
four teams. The teams then brainstormed possible service projects to
complete. The A-squad settled on something hands-on by planning an activity
day for kids. The idea was presented, debated and a plan hatched to
proceed. The students narrowed their brainstorming session to ideas that
they remembered as fun and got to work.
³Although a healthy lifestyle is important, I think it is just as, or
possibly more important, to have an appropriate role model and that is what
kids today truly need,² Cohen said. ³I had many teen role models and they
changed my life and my decisions.²
The LAYL Wild Day will consist of activities for kids in kindergarten
through sixth grade. The day begins with an Art Camp where kids can paint,
headed by team member Gillespie.
Emily Breiner will lead the Silly Sandwich, which will follow the camp. The
youth will be provided with a variety of different foods that they can put
on their sandwiches.
Finally, the day rounds out with a game of Capture the Flag on Sullivan
Field and ends at Griffith Gym with Mission Impossible, a personal team
The kids will be split into teams and teen volunteers will lead activities.
Many Los Alamos teens are coming together to set up, clean up, supervise and
The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is collaborating with the A-squad
team. The Recreation Division will be sponsoring the Hershey¹s track at the
same time and in the same location.
³We realized we were taking on a lot, a lot that we didn¹t necessarily have
resources for, and Garry Wolfe of Los Alamos Recreation Division needed
teens to help him with the track meet,² Cohen said.
LAYL Wild Day will costs $10 per child. The Hershey¹s portion of the day is
for kids ages 9-14.
Parents are welcomed but are not required to stay. The children will each
receive a free T-shirt and a wristband that says ³LAYL Wild Day 2008.²
For more information call the Los Alamos YMCA at 662-3100 or the County
Recreation Division at 662-8173.