At that point, the easiest answer seemed to be to meet on the public Limes field. There are some benefits to the field, it's a large space, close to many of the kids homes, and the basketball court is just above the field. However, whenever it rains (which is often) class was canceled. We were caught many times in the middle of class in a sudden downpour and there were lots of distractions from local adults.
At the end of last term, Kelsey and I were approached by one of the parents of a child in our class. She had spoken with the Limes pre-school adjacent to the field and they had agreed that if we raised the money, we could build on their property and then use if for our class. We also had the pastor of the Limes Mennonite Church come to our rescue and agree to help us with drawing up building plans, getting estimates, and providing the labor free of charge. With that, Kelsey and I set to work to come up with the money needed for our project. Luckily, this was easier than we initally thought. We had very large donations from two clubs at SGU and by this past January, we had raised the money necessary for the supplies.
This past weekend, the men of the Limes Mennonite Church went to work building our pavillion. I can't tell you how exciting it was to see this idea become a reality. I was directly involved in orchestrating this project, but I know that there are lots of SO volunteer coordinators past and present who have been equally a party of this journey to our own Limes Afterschool Program spot. We really can't thank the Mennonite Church and the Limes Pre-School enough for their generosity.
|Working on worksheets in the shade.|
|Miss Allison helping with a worksheet.|
|Miss Yunah and the kids coloring.|
|Miss Julie and Chris doing puzzles.|
|Parachute time with Miss Jessie and Miss Laura. Thanks Kristin for the parachute!|
|Obstacle course with Miss Kat!|
|Miss Laura and Deanna|
|She is just too precious for words.|
I am so excited for the future of the Limes Program and am so happy that I got to be a part of something that will be so lasting for these kids and the SO volunteers in the future.