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December 18, 2013

Local agencies band together to give latchkey kids taste of real childhood

CHICKASHA —

Three agencies based in Chickasha came together to help better the lives of kids who often go home to either an empty house and have often inherited parental duties such as taking care of younger siblings, cooking and doing household chores.

For two hours on Saturday, Dec. 14, they got to just be kids.

They made necklaces, bracelets and Christmas ornaments, played story telling games and played in the gym of the YMCA. 

Stepping Stones Alliance President Barbara Higgins coordinated with Chickasha YMCA Executive Director Nathan Donald and Tobacco-Free Grady County Coordinator Breanna Russell. 

Higgins said she is pleased with this first launching of the ongoing program for latchkey kids. It demonstrated cooperation between the three local agencies to come together for a good cause. 

"For Nathan it's all about the kids and Breanna is working quite hard to make sure kids have more healthful things to eat and do," Higgins said. 

"The kids were really happy," Higgins said. 

Stepping Stones may have another one of these mini meetings for latchkey kids before launching into planning a full day retreat. Thus far, plans for the retreat include a day spent at the animal refuge in Medicine Park and a meal at Meers, Higgins said. Higgins said they hope to take anywhere between 15 to 25 latchkey kids on the retreat.

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