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.
Behind fidgeting feet, careless hands, and words spoken out of turn is a kid who simply wants to be seen, heard, and understood. Let me introduce you to Z. He is the smaller of the youngest group at camp. He is full of energy and as soon as he sits down at a table his hands reach for the first thing he can get his hands on. His doctor suggested to mom to take him off his medicine for the summer and he's a different kid without it. Two hours into Monday he had already received 3 warnings from his small group leaders.
Children that do not have active ways to engage in educational opportunities during the summer experience what is called Summer Learning Loss. Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Most youth lose about two months of math skills in the summer.
With this in mind, we are piloting summer camp in neighborhood parks! Join us!
Nathaniel Mission is preparing to revive a cornerstone ministry focus in children and youth development that was once a central aspect of the Mission’s operations. We are prayfully stepping into the communities near the Mission. The two areas of focus are Cardinal Valley & Harrison Elementary Schools. The establishing of excellent programs that offer holistic growth and advancement opportunities for the children and youth of Lexington is a critical goal the Mission has set for itself in 2017 and beyond.