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Break 180 celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

Break 180 celebrates opening with ribbon cutting
October 15
20:25 2023

By Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Break 180, an enrichment program for Breckenridge children, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 6.

The program has changed slightly since its inception earlier this year. Break 180 will now offer activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on one Friday a month.

Rena Jennings, one of the three co-founders of Break 180, talks to those in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The first event will be “A Day at the Fair” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. It will be at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, located at 1504 E. Elm St.

“A Day at the Fair” will include activities such as an animal clinic, breadmaking, natural art, square dancing, roping and a lesson on how to make a pickle glow. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The program will be free for participants, but parents or guardians must register children who are going to attend. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 18. Registration forms are available at the Breckenridge Library, First Methodist Church and the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce. Or, you can click here to fill out a registration form online.

Next month, the Friday event will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s Mingle & Jingle downtown shopping event, offering free child care for parents who want to go shopping.

Break 180 was co-founded by Rena Jennings, Elizabeth Power and Erin Griffith, who were then joined by Pastor Samantha Chambers as their sponsor.

“It was obvious from the start that God had brought us together to fulfill the ministry that he wanted to offer this community,” Jennings said at the ribbon cutting. “God blessed us with unity of purpose, goal, vision and mission. We came together with all of our mission and vision statements and scriptures, just as if we had all already preplanned it. It was pretty amazing to see God work through us. All of us have different talents, which have all been necessary to get to where we are today. As we have shared our plans with this community, God has blessed us beyond our beliefs. Church leaders, whole congregations, business owners, city leaders, individuals have all come together to welcome us in our cause and to bless us with their support.”

The original plan had been to offer a program every Friday for younger school children. But, after listening to feedback from local parents, Break 180 was changed slightly to the current format, which includes older elementary students but only takes place once a month.

For more information about the “Day at the Fair” event, contact the Break 180 organizers or Samantha Chambers at 254-559-8208.

Joy, Emma, Hanna Grace and Sara Kate Griffith, along with Maleya Willis, get the refreshments ready for those attending the Break 180 ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 6. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: The co-founders of Break 180 and their supporters, along with Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce members and others from the community, gathered in front of St. Paul’s Methodist Church for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the local children’s program. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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