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Community: Students hang on to the last days of summer in Santa Clarita

Posted: August 10, 2010 9:59 p.m.
Updated: August 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bailey Prouty, 12, plays dodgeball at the Santa Clarita Boys & Girls Club in Newhall on Tuesday during the last days before school starts for him this week at Rancho Pico Junior High School.


Bailey Prouty sprinted across a gym on Tuesday, clutching dodgeballs and scanning the opposite side of the court for his next target.

An intense game of dodgeball at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley kept the 12-year-old’s mind on summer fun and away from learning.

He’ll enjoy a few more games at the club today before a season filled with rugby, basketball and dodgeball comes to an end.

Bailey goes back to school on Thursday with more than 50,000 of the SCV’s youth.

“I have school and have to learn,” said the Rancho Pico Junior High student, as sweat drops gathered on his forehead.

Others taking advantage of their last textbook-free moments at the Boys & Girls Club mingled with friends, played video games on computers, or, in Maddie Young’s case, worked on writing a book.

Unlike a few other clubbers, Maddie looked forward to the start of school and entering the sixth grade.

“I like school; I like being organized,” she said. “I am excited for summer ending because it just seemed kind of boring.”

When Maddie, 11, wasn’t enduring family trips to Virginia and Missouri, she spent about five hours a day co-authoring her book in progress, “Star Light Wolf Pack,” with her friend. The Pico Canyon Elementary School student worked on the table of contents as she sat at a Boys & Girls Club computer on Tuesday.

“I know in sixth grade you have a lot of homework, but I’m still going to try to finish this,” she said.

Kani Ebner, 16, expressed mixed feelings about returning to classes at Hart High School as she chatted with friends at the club and crocheted a rabbit.

“I am excited, but not for the learning part,” she said. “I get to see all my friends.”


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