No boredom allowed: Greater Flint Boys & Girls Club offers alternative spring break

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FLINT (WJRT) (04/06/18) - What do you think of when you hear the words, "Spring Break?"

A sandy beach? Sun and palm trees?

Many students actually stay home with little to do.

So, the Flint Boys & Girls Club stepped up to provide a different experience.

More than 20 high school students went on a tour of Mott Community College on Friday, which showed them what their future might look like.

It's an alternative spring break designed by the Greater Flint Boys & Girls Club and supported by many in the community.

"This gives us some early experience. We're trying to do some hands on interactive activities while they're here today. So, again, so they'll be exposed to college and they'll have some idea as to what they want to do when they graduate highs school," said Mott Community College Academic Outreach Coordinator Carla Clark.

Even through it felt more like winter, students enjoyed the opportunity to explore possible career paths.

"I'm getting older and I'm getting to where I'm not going to be in school anymore, so I need to figure out where I'm going to go, what I'm going to do and what's my plan for life," Greater Flint Boys & Girls Club member Deshaun Hunter said.

Jackson Farrar enjoyed the tour and learning about all Mott has to offer.

"I think we get an idea on if we want to go to Mott College and we get to tour around so we get to see what different things that we can do," he said.

For younger kids back at the Boys & Girls Club, there were plenty of games to play and fun things to do throughout the building. The club was open with extended hours during spring break to provide a safe environment with caring staff members and additional volunteers.

"This has been a blessing for these kids to come out this week and have a good time. A lot of kids are learning new things, learn how to tap dance, learn a different program, just having fun," said Morris Peterson Jr., a Flint native and former NBA star.

This first year of augmented spring break programming turned out to be so successful, there are plans to do it again in the future.

"We really wanted to find ways to serve more kids and increase our capacity," said Tauzzari Robinson, CEO of the Greater Flint Boys & Girls Club. "So we were lucky enough to partner with the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation, United Way, The Crim, The City of Flint, Mott Community College."

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