Schools offer plethora of indoor winter activities

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

With winter weather already making life cold and snowy, local school districts are offering ways to stay active and keep warm throughout the season.


Otsego Public Schools community education director Marcia Hukill said the district offers pool, weight room and gym activities to community members.

Washington Street Elementary hosts a Zumba class Tuesday night from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Cost is $4 per person.

A co-ed volleyball drop-in league also takes place Tuesday nights at the middle school gym. Prices for the league vary depending on the number of nights purchased.

Otsego’s pool offers lap swim, open swim and aqua aerobics.

Lap swim runs Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per adult with prices varying for seniors, students and families.

Open swim runs each Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for the same prices.

Aqua aerobics takes place each Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $3 for adults, with different pricing available for seniors and college students for this adult-only event.

The Monday after Thanksgiving, Otsego High School’s indoor track and weight room will open to the public through spring break.

The upstairs amenities will be open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Use of the track is free but there is a $2 cost to use the weight room.

For more information on these programs and pricing, visit commed or call (269) 682-6225.


Plainwell Community Schools is offering places for residents to walk and swim this winter according to community education’s Diane Slater.

The district offers open and lap swimming throughout the week.

Morning lap swimming is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m., noon lap swimming takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and evening lap swimming takes place Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Lap swimming costs $3 per person.

Open swimming is offered Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $3 per person or $5 per family.

Cold weather walking is available in the Hicks Street Gym free of charge.

Adult-only walking occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Family walking is Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

“We want to let people get out of the house and give them a dry place to run or walk,” said Slater.

Lifelong Fitness takes place at Hicks Street Gym Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The group is free, but participants must register by calling Kathy Russell at (269) 685-0700.

Slater said the district is currently working out details for a winter volleyball league. Information about the league and other activity information can be found online at as it becomes available.


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