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RFSD summer program hopes to squash summer boredom

The summer Kids Club and Opti-Club program is based out of the River Falls High School. Kids Club Supervisor Katy Killian said the kids are very busy and rarely are at the high school, instead they are on field trips, at Glen Park Pool or at the public library. The 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday program, has numerous options from 5-day to half-day options. Shown, from left: Adam Robey, Lilly Johnson, Sienna Johnson, and Cade Myszewski, swimming at the local pool.

As cold and snow continue to force people inside, many dream of the warm sun and being outdoors that comes with summer.

That’s when school has let out and parents seek child care. The conundrum: ‘What are we going to do with the kids?’

One answer may be with the River Falls School District, which offers Summer Kids Club 2014 program. It’s designed for children who’ve completed kindergarten through eighth grade.

“There is no down time for them to be bored,” said Katy Killian, who has worked for Kids Club for 10 years and has been its supervisor for four years.

The program is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It runs Monday, June 16, through Friday, Aug. 15 -- with the exception of Friday, July 4.

Students in grades 6-8 are in the Opti-Club program, while those from Kindergarten to fifth grade are part of the Kids Club program,

The summer program is located at the River Falls High School, where each child gets a locker to store gear.

Kids Club and Opti-Club is age-divided with each grade getting a dedicated classroom and consistent teachers.

Killian describes the program as “organized fun designed especially for kids.”

The 2004 River Falls High School graduate said that during the summer the kids are barely onsite and are very active

Killian said the summer program is a “supersize enrichment program for all ages exploring all areas of summer.”

Different age groups take turns going to local attractions such as: Glen Park Pool, the public library and local parks

In addition to local field trips, participants attend twice weekly field trips to a variety of locations.

The summer program also offers weekly themes like: Wild West, Sports, USA, and Under the Sea.

Rates per child, per week, are: 5-day, $145; 4-day, $130; 3-day, $105; 2-day. $80; and 1-day/half day/drop-in, $45. Rates include breakfast, two snacks, park pool admission, all field trips and a Kids Club t-shirt. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch with them.

This year the kids club program will offer an incoming Kindergarten program for 24 participants with a few stipulations: 1) They must turn 5-years-old by June 1, 2014; 2) They must have a sibling in Kids Club or Opti-Club; 3) They must be registered for full time care (4-5 days a week); and 4) They must be registered for Kindergarten in fall 2014.

This program will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There will be a Kids Club and Opti-Club summer program registration and information night from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Rocky Branch Elementary School.

A $20 non-refundable registration fee per child is due at registration.

For more information or to register, contact Kids Club Supervisor Katy Killian at 715-425-0799 or

See the Feb. 13 edition of the Journal for the full article.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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