HOT SPRINGS – The second year of the Southern Hills Community Recreation’s (SHCRI) non-competitive gymnastics program is set to begin Nov. 3 in Hot Springs.
Last year’s program was reported to be a success, with 35 enrolled students. Once again, the Hot Springs School District has allowed the group to use their gymnastics equipment when the middle and high school sports teams are not in use of it. The classes are for ages 2-17 years-old and will be held on Friday mornings at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs.
Denise Haden, longtime gymnastics instructor, and Monika Hotz will be instructing with assistance from local trick rider, Jen Belitz. The instructors and assistant must complete the USA Gymnastics online Safety & Risk Management Training, as well as complete background checks.
“I am extremely grateful that SHCRI will be having their second year of gymnastics in Hot Springs,” said parent Elsa Meyer. “Our son was very excited about the program last year and is looking forward to starting gymnastics this year.
“The role of community programs for youth is vital,” she added. “I am thankful for this gymnastics program because it promotes healthy development and opportunity for these kids to develop an interest in gymnastics through high school. I also appreciate not having to drive to Rapid on a weekly basis for classes.”
SHCRI has four levels of gymnastics classes. This year is the first for “Mommy & Me” classes for ages 2 through 4 years-old, which will last for 30 minutes. The second is the Beginner Class for ages kindergarten through 2nd, and Intermediate Class for 3rd through 5th graders, which will be one hour long, and then one-and-a-half hours for the Advanced Class, which is dependent on age and ability level.
Discounts are available for families with multiple children enrolling. SHCRI offered several reduced cost classes last year based on income and plan to have some partial scholarships for six families this season. Parents must provide proof of income through a tax return or the last two months’ pay stubs.
Registration paperwork can be picked up and returned with payment to Discovery Zone or Cascade Chiropractic by Thursday, Nov. 2. The group will also have a registration booth at the library fundraiser on Oct. 27, the Fall Halloween Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mueller Center. For more information on the classes email HotSpringsRecCenter@gmail.com or call 890-1623 or 430-7111.