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No electronics allowed at Libertyville after-school game program

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  • Nathan Rojas, left, and Evan Dunbar, both 7 and from Libertyville, play a game of "Chutes and Ladders" on Monday during an after-school program called Games Galore at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

       Nathan Rojas, left, and Evan Dunbar, both 7 and from Libertyville, play a game of "Chutes and Ladders" on Monday during an after-school program called Games Galore at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Brayden Brafford, 8, of Libertyville plays "Head Bandz" on Monday during an after-school program called Games Galore at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

       Brayden Brafford, 8, of Libertyville plays "Head Bandz" on Monday during an after-school program called Games Galore at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

When you mention games to kids these days, they'd probably think of the electronic variety.

But not at Rockland Elementary School's after-school program called Games Galore.

For an hour, children get to play any board game they desire. Everything from "Battleship" and "Stratego" to "Monopoly" and "Jenga." No electronic games are allowed.

Twenty-seven students participate in the program started in 2009 by teachers Danya Sundh and Nicole Lesniewicz. The program runs on Mondays and Thursdays in Libertyville.

"It's a great way to get kids in first through fifth grade to work together in teams on problem solving in a laid-back environment," Sundh said. "It's also a nice opportunity for those kids who don't necessarily have a sport to go to but want to take part in a school-related activity."

At the beginning of the program, students donate $5 and get to vote on what games they would like to buy. The program lasts for 12 weeks in the winter months.

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