Take a minute and focus on what your body is telling you this morning. How has your breakfast fulfilled you today? Whether it was a bowl of cereal with strawberries and bananas in it, or pancakes and eggs and bacon, or a simple cup of coffee, you are sitting, reading this, and feeling better physically, mentally, and spiritually. At the Summer Fun Program in White Swan, we help create this well being by serving free snacks and lunches everyday to children who may not otherwise eat. This offering of food brings these kids into a safe family setting.
After lunch each day, the kids, full of food and energy, head out to the playground where they can put that energy to good use. One day, the basement was almost shaking with excitement. To calm the kids down I raised my hand and said quietly, “Raise your hand if you can hear me.” Now this day, I had a huge headache and knew I couldn’t do it by myself, so I asked Whinnie, the youngest kid at the program and who is only three and a half years old, for some help. I crouched down to her height and I said the phrase first, then had her say it in her high pitch, but very quiet voice. After just a couple moments of switching back and forth, the room went silent. She silenced a whole room of rowdy kids and that is when I realized Whinnie had her voice heard in a way it was never heard before.
That is what the Summer Fun Program is about; to give a safe place where kids can learn and grow and have their voice heard. So thinking back to how you feel this morning, uplifted and ready to face the day, know these kids get the chance to feel that same way: to play, learn, and express who they are. And this is all based from a simple meal, a simple connection to family and friends, and a simple feeling.
Katherine Bell: Summer Fun Program Director
[This is Katherine’s second year to direct the Summer Fun Program. We look forward to an exciting fun filled time!]