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Winter Break Camp Keeps Kids Moving

Lisa Thomas keeps kids moving at the Peak Performance Sports Camp at Long Lots Elementary School in Westport. Whether it's running, throwing, kicking, chasing or hitting, children are a whirlwind of activity the entire seven hours.

"We try to promote a physical lifestyle that is safe for the kids,'' says Lisa, a physical education teacher at Kings Highway Elementary. She creates the activities for the children, who range in age from 4 to 12. Staff members run such activities as floor hockey, pinball, tag, indoor soccer and basketball. Peak Performance owner Mark Carmody also runs a program in Stamford at Turn of River Middle School during the vacation week.

Many of the Peak staff members are physical education teachers at area schools. The objective isn't to make athletic superstars. The primary focus is to develop skill development in a safe setting with experienced teachers. The camp also promotes sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles.

Children aren't the only ones who benefit, either. Parents weary of trying to find activities for kids during winter break know they are busy and happy in a safe environment. "They pick them up at the end of the day, and they have these red faces,'' Lisa says. "They never stop moving."

Peak Performance also produces camps in Easton and Fairfield. There are also after-school programs and camps during school vacation weeks in February and April as well as in summer. Visit the Peak Performance website for more details.

What are your kids' favorite activities during school breaks? Can they find enough physical activities?

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