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The Edge Ice Arena in Holland Township has seen extra business during the holiday school break.

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The countdown to the New Year is over, which means many local students are now counting the hours before school resumes. 

Monday marks the end of winter break but, on Friday, children both young and old were busy enjoying one last weekday of freedom from class.  Parents and children were seizing the moment at the Edge Ice Arena in the Holland area.

"Once school starts, we're non-stop from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m., so this is our last chance," says Sonja Garcia, who brought three of her children to ice skate.  One of her kids, Emorson, skated for the first time.

"I really don't get time to do ice skating or anything else," says Emorson.

For Caleb Kosak and his grandmother, it's a bonding moment.

"If school was in session, I wouldn't be able to skate with him," says Deirdre Toeller-Novak, Caleb's grandmother.

"It's good to give my brain a little bit of a break," says Caleb.

The manager of the ice arena says students of all ages come to skate -- from the most experienced to the little kids that need a training device.

"Winter break is the best time of year for us, we can't have enough people on almost," says Scott Meyaard, general manager for the Edge Ice Arena.

Bethany Verbrugge is both an employee and a student.

"It's almost like it's not a job at all," says Verbrugge.  "I come and I get to escape from school and the homework and the pressures of everything else, and just skate."

"The exercise is a big deal," says Meyaard.  "You don't get to do that a lot during the winter, and once you're in school you're sitting all day."

Meyaard says business is expected to drop during the school week, but it usually remains strong on the weekends through February.

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