Well, flu season seems to be here with a vengeance. The youth center after-school program numbers have been down since last week due to a large number of children experiencing flu like symptoms. Parents with children exhibiting flu-like symptoms at the center, such as fever, cough, fatigue or nausea will be contacted and asked to take their child home. Thus far, the staff have had little reason to use this measure and would like to extend a large thank you to the parents keeping their ill children at home until they are well.
Despite low attendance last week, the Wednesday Kids-in-the-Kitchen program was cooking up a tasty storm. Expanding their horizons and trying out a Chilean favourite with a twist, the members created delectable vegetable empanadas, a type of spanish turnover. The kids had a great time picking the contents and learning how to properly twist the edges to keep the seal tight. The smell had the remaining staff and members wishing there was extra to share.
The Boost program spent Thursday having a conversation about how cliques make kids feel left out. Tia Oro, the program leader, says she is constantly amazed by how candid the 6-8-year-old members are during the program, which is focused on ‘boosting’ self esteem. The one thing she takes away from these sessions: “How much even small events have an impact (on the kids) and really effect their day”.
Everyone in the group gets a chance to tell their high and low of the day and partake in the discussions. The kids wind up with good game or craft, to let them expel a little creative or physical energy.
Both the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters are on the hunt for some male volunteers for their programs. Although anyone is a very welcome addition, male volunteers are especially in short supply and are a huge help as chaperones, big brothers and mentors. Interested parties are asked to contact the center as screening is required (no blood though, we promise).
Most opportunities for volunteers are not huge time commitments but are highly valued by the members and staff. If you would like more information on the programs, stop by or give us a call at 742-KIDS(5437).
As just a reminder, the center is closed for Remembrance Day this week and will resume regular programs on Thursday.
We wear a poppy
On Remembrance Day,
And at eleven
We stand and pray.
Wreaths are put
Upon a grave.
As we remember
Our soldiers brave.
– Unknown Author