September 26, 2005
The rising gas prices are hurting more than your pocketbook. Governor Sonny Perdue cancelled class Monday and Tuesday to save on rising diesel fuel costs. Now children are home and some parents are in a bind.
Four o’clock Friday was the first notice parents got. Dayspring Baptist Church is offering free daycare, but they didn’t have much time to get the message out.
The first some parents heard the offer was Sunday morning. The governor’s decision put Malia Ohley’s working mom in a jam because she couldn’t leave work early.
“There was some concern, but I can watch her cause I’m older,” Malia said.
When daycare got out at 12:30, Malia made sure her little sister had a ride. But not all families are this fortunate. Jane Stover works for Columbia County schools and volunteers at Dayspring.
“For some parents, it was very short notice to find someone to watch their kids,” Stover said.
Her daughter Stephanie doesn’t seem to mind the last minute change.
“You usually have to do all this work, and it feels like Saturday,” 8-year-old Stephanie said.
If only it were that easy for the parents. They still have one more day of rearranging schedules. But older siblings like Malia make things a little easier.
“This is a good place to bring your kids,” Malia said.
Daycare is also free tomorrow. It is for children from four years old to fifth grade and they need to bring a lunch. Click here for directions.