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Because of snow days, spring break hasn't started yet for some students

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Spring break is underway for most students in Region 8, but school was still in session for some on Monday.

The Paragould School District will have classes on Monday and Tuesday.

“The spring break days have been on the calendar as potential makeup days since the last school year when the calendar came out,” said Jeremy Mangrum, principal of Paragould High School. “That's something that needs to be taken into account anytime you have excessive snow days.”

Students will also spend extra time in school next month to make up for lost days.

“We're going to extend the days Monday through Thursday 1 hour each school day,” Mangrum said. “We're extending the school day as a way to not tack on those days at the end of the school year.”

Some students who were out of school Monday spent their time at CityYouth Ministries.

“I like coming here and helping the kids out,” said 12-year-old volunteer Maleah. “They're just so awesome!”

CityYouth Ministries is offering several activities to kids who are out of school this week.

“I know as a child, I was always looking for something to do and I wish I had a program like this to help me,” said Darius Dunaway, an academic advisor. “Seeing that we have an opportunity for the kids to grow, to use their energy in a good way, rather than getting in some kind of trouble over the break, that's why we open out door for them.”

Dunaway said CityYouth Ministries will provide activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We even have buses to pick you up,” said Dunaway. “We feed you, we have art, the learning lab, bible time, an open gym.”

Dunaway said the shuttle picks up kids at the Jonesboro Aquatic Center, Parker Park, Word campus and Cedar Heights between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

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