2008-10-10 / School News

Far Rockaway Kids Turn Off TV For Day Of Play

Members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubs' Far Rockaway Clubhouse Members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubs' Far Rockaway Clubhouse Kids at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Clubs' Far Rockaway Clubhouse had a ball kicking off Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play on September 26.

For the fifth consecutive year, Nickelodeon and its affiliate networks went dark from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, in an effort to encourage kids to engage in active play. This measure is one of many undertaken by the media conglomerate to help kids fight obesity.

Far Rockaway Clubhouse members started their TVfree weekend one day early at the Clubhouse Friday after school with games like "Feed Me!" which involved kids pairing up and trying to feed each other applesauce with unusually longhandled spoons and no hands. There were also jump rope contests, scooter kickball games, marshmallow relays, and many other physical activities, all designed to get kids up and moving.

Since 1884, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been providing after school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities. By providing proven education, recreation and guidance programs in a safe and nurturing environment that many children consider a second home. The program helps young participants lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

Children team up to play "Feed Me." Children team up to play "Feed Me."

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