Although summer camp is over, the school year is just around the corner giving us yet another opportunity to connect with and love the kids in our neighborhoods. We have plenty of opportunities to show Christ’s love to our neighborhood kids through our 2 after school programs at either Cardinal Valley or the Mission. Our Cardinal Valley Program runs on Mondays and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM at Cardinal Valley Elementary School. Our program at the Mission runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.
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Studies have shown that students who do not have active ways to engage in educational opportunities during the summer months experience Summer Learning Loss. This gap is even greater between children from high-income families to low-income families.
The Christmas season has been upon us for quiet some time now. Christmas is my favorite season. I love all of the celebrations, family traditions, the way the Christmas season brings people together but most of all celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
We brought the kids that we work with together to celebrate this season and the birth of Jesus Christ. We held Christmas parties for Harrison Elementary, Cardinal Valley, and Speigle Heights.
The community Speigle Heights and the kids that live there hold a special place in our hearts. We have done a few events in the community over this school year. This school year we have partnered with Christ Church to do an after-school program at Harrison Elementary school and we began an after-school program at Cardinal Valley. Over the last few weeks, we have been talking about the birth of Jesus Christ in our mentoring time. We ended our last day of the program before Christmas break by celebrating with a party! At our parties we had pizza, a Christmas ornament craft, decorating cookies, gifts and other fun stuff as well. Take a look at all of the fun we had celebrating!
Our desire is to be very intentional in building relationships with the children and families in these communities. One avenue that we have utilized is provided the children with activities on the weekends and during summer. These activities allow us to connect with the children in the community, get to know them, and find out where needs are.
Walk into the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoon and you will see excited and joyful children playing with board games, legos, drawing, reading, and eager to help with the day's activities. The day moves from snack to physical activity to dinner to mentoring and ending with a pretty intense tutoring portion. Each section of the day brings its own joys and challenges.