WARSAW — The Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, in collaboration with Eastlake Skating Center in Warsaw, will once again be sponsoring Spring Break Skate this week. The Optimist Club provides free skate rental for each elementary student in the county, while Eastlake provides free admission, as well as free admission and skate rental to all middle school students. This event has been ongoing for well over a decade, and is meant to enable children to participate in a healthy, active event during their break.
“We realize that not all kids enjoy to skate, and that not all families have the disposable income to participate in activities on a regular basis,” states Trace Hansen, Eastlake owner. “We partner with the Optimist Club because they are a youth focused organization, and we want to provide all children, regardless of ability or financial situation, the opportunity to experience this healthy and safe activity.”
Passes were distributed to most local schools, and the club relies on the teachers in those schools to distribute the passes to the students. Eastlake realizes that some students may not have received a pass, that they sometimes get lost in backpacks, etc. Although the passes are for a single use and must be brought in, Hansen will use the honor system when needed to ensure a child can skate if they did not get a pass or have lost theirs.
Passes may be used from 1 to 4 p.m. or 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. From 1 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday.
Eastlake will also provide a free admission skate day from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday for all members of the community, with an Easter Egg hunt for children 12 and under.