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Media Advisory
News Date: April 11, 2017

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Announces Safe Spring Break Initiatives

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, members of City Council, Columbus City Schools and other local partners announced programs and activities to help ensure a safe spring break for students of Columbus City Schools that begins with early release on Thursday, April 13. 

“We know that our kids are safe when they’re in school. We need to provide safe spaces for them when school’s out and activities to keep them engaged and involved and growing,” said Mayor Ginther. 

Activities include: 
•             Our community centers are open, some including Beatty on the Near East Side, Glenwood on the Hilltop and both Linden centers, with extended hours and special programming. 
•             Columbus City Schools is hosting a matinee movie day on Thursday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Linden-McKinley High School. 
•             Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus are offering a variety of spring break programs at their locations in Milo-Grogan and in the Reeb Center on the South Side.
•             Columbus Metropolitan Libraries are offering programs like YouMedia, in which young people can drop in to create music, videos and digital art with the help of mentors.
•             Partners at the Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Zoo, YMCA and COSI are also offering special programming.

A list of activities is available at www.columbus.gov/schoolsout. Community organizations are encouraged to share information about other activities.

In addition, the Columbus Division of Police will work diligently to ensure the safety of youth while school is out by increasing patrols. Community liaison officers will also stop in community recreation centers to visit with kids participating in activities.