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Last Day of School in Leon County

Tallahassee, FL -- May 31, 2012 --

WCTV catches up with teens to see what they're doing this summer.

Superintendent Jackie Pons says this has been a good year for Leon County Schools...

But, of course, many students couldn't wait for that final bell to ring today.

Although some may have some responsibilities this summer.

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Superintendent of Leon County Schools Jackie Pons waves at bus drivers as they pull off for their final trips...

This last day of school means a lot to students.

"That means I get to sleep in a little bit."

Eric Sewell says that's if he doesn't find a job. The upcoming high school senior says it's easy to get into things during the summer break.

Sewell says, "Getting in trouble, which is what I'm trying to keep out of. That's why I need a job to keep me entertained so I don't manage to do anything stupid over the summer."

Fiona McDaniel, a rising 9th Grader, says, "Usually I just get on Facebook, find some friends to hang out with, go to the park. It's not much to my summers."

Experts say teenagers often engage in high-risk activities due to a lack of structure and supervision during the summer ... and say small job opportunities may increase the risks.

One survey says 29 percent of managers say it will be "easy" for teens to find a summer job.

Brandon Brannon has a job.

Brannon, a rising senior, says, "I have to stay in line with everything, make sure I'm up to keep with everything. I have to be at work on time. It's a responsibility to have. It makes me feel grown almost ready for the real world."

Loretta Jones, a school bus driver, is actually happy about not working this summer.

"I travel, I do things that I haven't done around the house. Anything that comes up."

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The last day of school brings about excitement for most students.

But for many parents, it leads to a sense of anxiety and even fear.

Some parents say they have trouble finding somewhere for their kids
to go during the summer.

One mother WCTV spoke to today says it's a blessing to find summer programs for her kids that are safe and free.

Kimberly Manna says it was difficult finding an affordable summer camp, many she found cost hundreds of dollars a week.

When WCTV ran into her she was enrolling her teenager at Palmer Munroe Teen Center in Tallahassee and she said she was enrolling two of her kids at Summer League at Sabel Palm Elementary School.

"Times are very hard. I have three kids of my own and then I have three adopted kids, and not being a working mom at this time, it's definitely hard for me to pay to be involved with the $200 and $300 weekly plan."

Manna says aside from affordability, she also thinks it's important for her kids to be in programs where her kids can learn, be social, and active.

She says she's happy to have found that in Palmer Munroe and Sabel Palm.

For resources on summer programs for kids, go to
www.wholechildleon.com/.


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