CALEXICO — Mariano Velez, the coordinator of Calexico's spring break day camp, gave Graciela Batani, 6, a "low five" when she bounded in the door.
Graciela, a little taller than a yard stick, is used to "low fives."
This week during spring break recess, Graciela, her brothers, Marcos, 11, and Christian, 8, and more than 60 students from local Calexico elementary schools have been dropped off daily at the Jose Rodriquez Community Center on Dool Avenue for a spring break day-care program put together by the school district and the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
The first session runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the second from 1 to 4 p.m.
All week the children have been working on arts and crafts projects and playing exercise-inducing games such as crab ball.
Crab ball is a version of soccer requiring players to assume a four-legged crab position (walking on their hands and feet; back arched) while kicking the ball through a goal.