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Local students enjoying refreshing spring break

by Jennifer Biller

STAFF WRITER

It's not summer yet -- but it feels like it to the students who are on spring break from county schools this week.

The warm weather and sunshine gave many students the opportunity to work on their tans, while others just went to work to earn some extra cash during their break.

Hitting the mall and catching the latest movie were also high on some students' to-do list, as their last few days of freedom ticked away.

"We've been busier than usual," said Renee Smith, a concession stand worker at Carmike Theater. "Most of the younger kids are coming to see Spy Kids and Pokeman 3."

Students Kati Hoban and Courtney Cox, both seventh-graders at Washington Irving Middle School in Clarksburg, spent Thursday afternoon shopping at Meadowbrook Mall.

"I've been hanging out with friends all week and enjoying not having any homework," Hoban said.

Some of those on break were taking advantage of the summer weather.

Students Audrie Harris and Lauren Dieringer spent one of the last days of their vacation washing cars as part of a fundraiser for the junior class prom at Bridgeport High School.

"I haven't done a whole lot," Harris said. "I've been going to a lot of baseball and softball games and I've rented a few movies and hung out with my friends."

Traveling is also popular during spring break, according to Geoffrey Millstone, owner of Clarksburg Travel Service. More than 75 families in the region have scheduled trips for their spring break week, he said.

"Taking a cruise is the most popular vacation for families," Millstone said. "It seems to be perfect for families because mom and dad can do what they want and the kids can do what they want."

The second most popular destination has been Aruba, Millstone said. The economic airfare, gorgeous beaches and laid-back atmosphere make it a big draw for families, he said.

School resumes for Harrison County on Monday.

Staff writer Jennifer Biller can be reached at 626-1449 or jbiller@exponent-telegram.com.

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