Foothill students get ready for some R&R

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Spring break is in the air ” can you feel it? You can't really see it, or smell it, but try a little and you might sense the anticipation, promise and potential that comes from having a whole week away from school. The majority of Auburn's student population vacates the classroom in lieu of vacation as early as Friday. Most schools take next week off, and come schools even give their students an extra day ” that would be Monday, March 31 ” to tie-up loose ends before returning to class. With little prodding, Placer High students shared their spring break plans while lunching Tuesday. I'm going to Mexico ” Ensenada, said sophomore Todd Monroe. Monroe is among the Parkside Church of the Nazarene members headed down to build houses. He's been before, and is looking forward to another trip south. It's really fun because you get to work and at the same time you get to have fun and screw around, and it's in Mexico, he said. Senior Amanda Dion plans to stay closer to home. I was going to go to Mexico with him and the church but I think I'm just going to stay home and work, Dion said of Monroe. The Starbucks barista said a week off of school opens up her work availability and the opportunity to earn some extra cash, which comes in quite handy during senior year, when graduation and college are just around the corner. I think I'm just going to try to work really hard, she said. Senior Lizette Aguila doesn't have any big spring-break plans ” a trip to San Francisco with friends might be in the works ” but the prospect of having a whole week to think about something other than school is promising. It's relief from the senior paper, senior stuff. It's some time to relax, she said. This whole year has been going by super-fast, and once spring break is over we don't have any more breaks and the real stuff begins. It just seems like everything is going by so fast. Sophomore Sadie Medley is headed to Eatonville, Wash., to spend time with her boyfriend, Eric. I'm going to meet all his friends, I'm sure, she said over lunch Tuesday. I'm ecstatic. Students staying within the boundaries of the 530 area code have some options when considering what to do with their spare time. Youngsters should consider swinging into the Auburn branch of the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., next week. Thursday's weekly story time becomes a sort of spring film festival from 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 27. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy spring-themed film clips including The Ugly Duckling and Lemonade for Sale in the Beecher Room. Call (530) 886-4516 for further details. Elementary age children are welcome to attend Discovery Day Camp, offered by the Auburn Recreation District from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Recreation Park. Daily offerings include arts, crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Penny Gray-Hurst, ARD youth services coordinator, said spring is the focus of next week's activities, with special attention given to sprouts, seeds and flowers. I feel that we offer a variety of activities and I feel that we're unique because we have the park so we can enjoy the outdoors and run around and play, in addition to the science and the art and the kitchen projects we have planned, she said. Discovery Day Camp costs $28 per child per day, with no registration fee required next week. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Auburn Recreation District is also gearing up for a Teen Night Out battle of the bands from 7-10 p.m. March 22. Just $3 gets youth ages 12-17 into the Sierra Building of the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St. Visit or call (530) 885-8461 for details on Discovery Day Camp and Teen Night Out. The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or post a comment.