JUSTIN WHITTAKER TAKES aim while on his way to beating mom Sam (who admits that she’s not exactly a pool shark). 						   Noreen Johnson photo
JUSTIN WHITTAKER TAKES aim while on his way to beating mom Sam (who admits that she’s not exactly a pool shark). Noreen Johnson photo

     SO, WHAT DO YOU DO when your youngster’s school is called off for the upteenth time this winter?

     That’s the question many parents likely asked themselves Monday after every area school district canceled classes. ...

     I asked that exact question on our Facebook page Monday morning. ...

     ONE SUCH ANSWER CAME from an unexpected source: an organization that typically caters to the other end of the age spectrum.

     “The senior center will be open from 9 to 3. Students, accompanied by an adult, can come down and play pool, do puzzles, or play games. We will have hot chocolate for whoever ventures out,” Senior Center director Noreen Johnson wrote Monday morning.

     The idea, she explained, came out of remembering what it was like on snow days as a parent.

     “As a mom, I would have loved to have a non-TV/computer activity [available],” she said.

      And as the senior center director?

      She also thought it could benefit both the young and ... the not-so-young.

     “I thought this would be a great way to work on making the Senior Center a community gathering place. Why not invite children and allow them to play pool in a non-alcohol-serving setting? [I thought this could] bring another source of fun and vitality to the center.” Simply put, she hoped that the invitation would help “make the senior center be a multi generational space,” Noreen said. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.