Today for entertainment, teens hang out in the Sheetz and Food Lion parking lots. This is because there are only a few entertainment activities available to teens and families in the Elkin-Jonesville area.
Teens don’t think there is enough to do in the Elkin-Jonesville area. In a survey of teens from Elkin High School asked what kind of activities they would like to see in the area, the students suggested a mini-golf course, a bowling alley, a skating rink, a drama theater, a hangout club specifically for students and teens, and an indoor trampoline park. The top three most requested were a bowling alley, a skating rink, and an indoor trampoline park.
Teens were asked how often they would participate in these activities, and how it would impact their social life. All of the students surveyed said they would take part in these activities fairly often with one student saying, “I would do it every day except Sunday.”
They also think these activities could increase opportunities for socialization. Most students think this could give them the opportunity to meet new people and start new friendships. One student said, “More activities could give teens in the area a lot more social opportunities and ways to hang out with friends.”
Another said, “More activities might help me break out of my shell.”
Survey results show that if activities are available in the Elkin-Jonesville area, teens and their families would choose to stay close to home rather than go out of town for social entertainment. This would ultimately help the economy in the Elkin-Jonesville area.
Another question asked is price a factor is choosing entertainment. The answer is yes. Fortunately, the top requested activities are affordable for teens and families.
The teens surveyed all agree that there is not enough to do in the Elkin-Jonesville area. However, they have clear ideas and suggestions on how to improve. Everyone surveyed felt confident a few activities could improve their social life. We hope that the community will see the need for fun and safe activities for teens and families.
Jade Byerly, Gracie Gambill, Stephanie Kelley, Breanna Laws are English students at Elkin High School.