The competition was fierce and it was heating up.
At stake was the best limbo dancer at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Before- and After-School Services’ annual Spring Break Camp.
Anthony and Jordan were among close to nearly three dozen students high-stepping, low-steeping, squatting and otherwise moving through the line in anyway possible to claim the top spot among their group participating in the contest during the “Caribbean Cruise Dance Party.”
The contest was one of several activities for elementary and middle school children enrolled in the district’s BASS program. The camp – whose week-long theme was dubbed “Now Boarding for a Spring Break Cruise Adventure” – ran March 10-14 with a different focus each day.
“I really don’t know how I get that low,” said Jordan Dooley, 9, and a fourth-grade student at Longview Farm Elementary School. “But, I’m having fun.”
Jordan’s school mate, Anthony Messina, a 9-year-old third-grade student, had his sights set on the being the last student standing.
“I’m just a little flexible I guess,” Anthony Messina said of his success. “I’m just going to try to get as low as I can to win it.”
Anthony’s sister, Alyssa, a sixth-grade student, was eliminated after touching the limbo pole. She simply admitted: “I just didn’t get low enough.”
Barbie Wright, the program manager for BASS, said 58 staff members worked the week-long camp and roughly 200 children from six different program sites attended throughout the five days of fun. Wright said the camp is a way for parents to feel more at ease knowing their children are in a safe.
“First off they are not home alone while parents are working,” Wright said. “They’ve got a fun day planned everyday this week. We went bowling this week; we’re on a Caribbean Cruise and we’re visiting all of the different islands of the Caribbean each day this week. It’s just lots of fun stuff going on.”
Wright added the camp operated from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and that the students who attended were fed, had ample opportunities to enjoy themselves, took in a few learning lessons and overall enjoyed their experience.
Anthony Messina happily agreed.
“It’s pretty awesome,” he said of the Spring Break Camp.
Dooley shared the same sentiment.
“It was really nice of them to have a party for us,” Dooley said.