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Recreation Centers Keep Kids Occupied While School's Out

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FAYETTEVILLE — Cumberland County students have beenout of the classroomfor five straight days. That is why Parks and Recreation workers went out of their way to keep their centers open.

Hundreds of students have flocked to their nearest recreation center to keep themselves in shape and give Mom and Dad a break. Most kids say they cannot wait to get back to their books.

"I do want to get back into class because the more we're out, the more work we have to make up," said ninth-grader Serrell Smith. "The sooner we go back, the less work we have to make up. So we might as well go back anyway."

"It is very important for us to be open with schools out," said John Montgomery, a recreation center supervisor. "It gives kids something to do and keeps them off the streets."

Kids say they are bored out of their minds.

"My parents had me studying," said ninth-grader Britton Murphy. "I've been watching TV, playing basketball, trying to keep busy. That's about it."

Parents have quickly fallen in love with the recreation centers.

"It's great to have a place to bring them, especially when the weather is bad," said Peter Niccum, a parent. "Winter is definitely an indoor sport time. Basketball on an ice-covered driveway is definitely not an option." The centers are free.