As many of you already know, one of our dedicated board members, Connie Lance, passed away on July 13, the first day of our Summer Park Program. She was the driving force behind the Nature programming at the Summer park Program, and she was passionate about the area's youth. Our board (and our Youth Center) won't be the same without her.
The Coach Lisek Summer Park Program at the Albion Borough Park lasted from July 13-24. Overall, we'd passed out 600 copies of our Park Program flyer at the Northwestern and Springfield Elementary Schools. I'm excited to report that we had 128 individual students attend the 2009 Park Program (just over 1/5th of our elementary schoolers)! We had mostly nice weather, with a few scattered rainstorms. The threat of rain and storms kept a few kids home, but most days we had 50+ students. The students enjoyed craft activities, reading and math lessons, nature exhibits, a snack and a ride on the carousel, and sports. On the students survey, they reported that they particularly enjoyed building (arts & crafts) and racing (math) their boats - and watching the teen volunteers splash around in the creek! Students also reported enjoying the snake that the McDuff's brought, fish that Mr. Wolfe brought, and the goats that Ms. Murkens taught us about during Nature. They also reported that they enjoyed Mr. Kirsh and Ms. Vanicek's 'Song and Dance Man' Thursday afternoon reading extravaganza! In sports, they reported enjoying everything from frisbee, duck duck goose, red rover, dodgeball, kickball and "beating up on (teen volunteer) Joe."
The adults had a picnic to discuss how everything went with the Park Program last Thursday, and on Wednesday of this week the teen volunteers will meet at the Youth Center at 6pm to review and report their time with the students.
Construction continues at the Youth Center! Byron and his crew have worked hard, and thanks to them our basketball court, office, bathroom and kitchen are nearly complete. We hope to have the half-court open when we return to fall hours after the Albion Area Fair.
UPCOMING EVENTS/IMPORTANT DATES!
Aug 22 - August Elementary Day, 11am-1pm. Students entering K-5
Aug 26 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - ICE CREAM AT THE CENTER AFTER SCHOOL!!
Sept 15-19 - Albion Area Fair - Center will be closed this week for kids' games at the Fair!
Sept 21 - FALL HOURS RESUME (See Julie if you have questions - hours will be posted)
Sept 23 - JOURNEY RESUMES at Federated Church. Pickup @ The Center ~6:30pm
Sept 24 - LIGHT FORCE RESUMES @ Federated Church. Pickup @ Center ~6:30pm
ANY STUDENT NEEDING A RIDE TO JOURNEY/LIGHT FORCE NEEDS TO BE AT THE YOUTH CENTER BY 6-6:15. JIM WILL NO LONGER PICK UP FROM THE ALBION PARK.
See ya @ The Center!