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GROTON — The Groton Dunstable Alliance for Youth’s Half-Day Network has collaborated to offer activities and programs for students from the Groton Dunstable Middle School on the Jan. 24 half-day. The following activities will be available to middle school youth:

* Have friends over to your home to hang out together. Make sure a parent/guardian will be present and can supervise! Parents — if you can’t be home, check to see if another parent is available. Kick in for pizzas and rent a movie for the kids.

* Tubing at Nashoba Valley — Groton Recreation, 11:25 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is open to pupils in grades five through eight. Cruise the slopes of Nashoba Valley’s Snow Tubing Park and enjoy one of the fastest-growing winter recreational activities. Participants should bring a bag lunch and outdoor winter clothing. A minimum of 20 participants is required, there is a maximum of 40. Register and get more information from the Groton Recreation flyer (sent home separately) or check or call (978) 448-1125. The cost is $35 per child (submit to Groton Recreation with registration form).

* Become a member of the Middle School Youth Program at the Peter Twomey Youth Center. Contact Karen Tuomi, Director, PTYC, at (978) 448-0398 for more information.

In addition to GDAY, sponsors of the Half-Day Network include the Groton Public Library, Groton Recreation, Groton Police and the Groton Dunstable Youth Basketball Club and interested parents and community members.

The Half-Day Network was established last year in response to parent and community concerns about the exceedingly high number of middle school students in the downtown Groton area on early release days. Many parents were not aware of the sheer numbers of children in the downtown area and, without structured activities or supervision, children are at risk. The goal of the Network is to promote parent awareness of the safety and traffic issues on half-days, as well as to coordinate events sponsored by local organizations and businesses.

GDAY is an independent, non-profit organization that relies solely on grant funding and donations to organize and implement its programs on behalf of the youth of our communities. GDAY is seeking additional parent and community member involvement in the initiative and also seeks to expand the support of this initiative by area businesses and organizations. Parents, community members and local businesses interested in learning more about the Half-Day Network are encouraged to contact Dr. Judy Robinson, GDAY Coordinator, at (978) 448-6362, ext. 1132.

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