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Summer vacation not what it used to be

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webmaster | 05/22/12

Well, the much-anticipated summer vacation is nearly here for Madera students. No more early morning alarms and rushing to class while trying to put the finishing touches on homework. No more anguishing grade checks, notetaking and late night cram sessions.

So with all this free time on their hands, how will these kids spend their summer? If you are a high school athlete, you will not get much of a vacation as sports have now become a year-round endeavor. Sleeping in and having fun hanging out with your friends is gone. Lengthy family vacations to visit the spectacle of Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon? No time for that. If you want to be a starter the next year, that is.

And for others, summer will sadly be spent in front of the television or computer where they will be entertained by an onslaught of mind-numbing video games. What happened to the days when the kids in a neighborhood rallied together at the crack of dawn, came up with an adventurous plan for the day, and spent virtually every minute from dusk to dawn exploring, playing sports and basking in fun?

Not to date myself, but when I was a young buck, this is exactly what summer was like. For my friends and myself, nothing could be worse than staying inside. We played sports non-stop from morning until night. Then often we would turn on the lights and continue playing. In terms of other activities, we didn’t use a computer or video game to occupy our minds. We used our own minds and creativity to come up with ways to have fun...


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