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Communities Work to Keep Kids Busy During Summer

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's a problem Adrian Holmes of Cambridge has seen become worse as the summers have worn on.  Once the kids get out of school, some of them don't know what to do, so they cause trouble.  She says just a few weeks ago, before school had even stopped, she saw some of that rowdy behavior beginning, with a group of students on bikes.

"I'm driving towards the drawbridge, and from behind me there were about 30 children riding against traffic, so they are riding on my side, popping wheelies and not obeying the laws of the road.  It was terrifying, there was the potential for a child to get hurt."

Or for someone to get into a car accident.  Holmes says the problem is that these kids have no structure.

"I think when children have nothing to do, and they are left to their own resources, there is danger, there are all sorts of terrible things waiting to swallow them up."

Cambridge Police Cpl. Antoine Patton is also a school resource officer. He said the YMCA has programs the kids can and should get involved with.

"They have youth programs, sports, swimming, things like that.  We also have recreation and parks, which also has swimming and different functions, pop warner football, cheerleading, things like that to occupy their times," said Patton.

"If we as a community, the churches, businesses, government, nonprofits, come together and create these things, we can do it," Holmes said.
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