School was called off due to snow last Thursday, but Jordan Brown didn't let that stop him from doing a science project.
Jordan, 9, one of those who regularly attends the Perryville Police Department's Outreach program, opted to use a computer, a tri-fold board, and his imagination to create a project about weather, particularly snowy weather. It wasn't a school assignment. He just wanted to do a learning activity.
Rachel Mangione, a case worker at Outreach said Outreach opens on snow days if the weather is good enough for children to turn out. Outreach staff does make one change. They typically serve dinner to children after they attend school. On snow days, they have lunch instead. "They can go outside and play if they want," said Mangione.
Jaden Brown, 14, was playing rummy with Mangione. But in the name of creativity, they changed the game's traditional rules. They play a form of rummy where you can "steal" from your opponent.
"I like to come here and talk, play on the computer. I like to play rummy and other games. I like the XBox and I like to help cook. I may cook today," said Jaden. "I like the people here. There's stuff to do and the staff is nice."
"I don't have a computer at my house," said Jacob Brown, 8. "I like coming here and playing on the computer or playing Uno. I like to paint and color. I like playing XBox or Wii with my friend Daniel."
Jacob said he likes the learning programs offered at Outreach. "I learned how to be a nice friend. I learned how to not hurt feelings," Jacob said.
Daniel Chambers, 9, is home schooled. Outreach gives him a chance to socialize, snow or no snow. "I like kickball, dodgeball, football, and basketball," said Chambers. There's also pool and air hockey tables to provide entertainment. Children can also earn extra time on Outreach electronics by exercising on the fitness equipment.