Thursday, June 7 is the last day of the after-school program for the 2017-2018 school year. On Wednesday June 27 we will launch our full schedule of summer programs. Then in September, we will begin another year of our after-school and BTAS! (beyond the after school) programs.
During the 2017-2018 school year we spent 121 afternoons in our after-school program; in addition to that, we offered 143 hours of BTAS! programs (hosted during vacations, weekends, evenings, and holidays). That’s roughly 450 hours of fun, games, life-skills, learning, creativity, field trips, substance misuse prevention, time with new and old friends, and so much more!
The KYC reached over 300 students this year! Some we saw just once, and it was a pleasure to meet them! Others have joined us for over 100 programs! Anyway, enough with the numbers, please sit back and enjoy The Best of the 2017-2018 School Year!
We played group games during the first week of programs and throughout the year. As usual, the school year flew by!
Each Monday we offered “Science with Shelly.” We learned and we laughed!
Egg drop contest!
It’s not rocket science!…oh wait, yeah it is!
We played tons of games with Brandon from Camp Sentinel!
Eric Moran CRSW of White Horse Addiction Center is our substance misuse prevention guy!
We celebrated Red Ribbon Week!
In the fall we planted tulip bulbs during Red Ribbon Week as part of Plant the Promise.
In April, during National Alcohol Awareness month the tulips came up as a reminder that our substance misuse prevention work is a year-round effort!
Guest speakers supported our prevention efforts in the ‘Perspectives on Prevention Series.’ We got perspectives from law enforcement, an MLDAC, an adult who is in long-term recovery, and a parent who’s adult children have had challenges with substances. Thank you everyone for your support! (above photo: Kevin Sanzenbacher, retired Chief of Police and current KYC Board Member sharing the law enforcement perspective).
We had no shortage of occasions to celebrate! (Halloween!)
Holiday gifts from Project Blanket and a White Elephant Gift Swap!
We celebrated birthdays three times, hitting on all twelve months!
We gave back to our community! (volunteering at the Food Pantry Garden)
We volunteered at the Brown’s Ridge Farm Spooky Maze…
… and the Lakes Region Humane Society…
… and we were speakers at the Eastern Lakes Region Coalition for Healthy Families forum!
We handed out candy for Trick or Treating!….
… and cookies and cocoa at Santa’s Hut!…
…and our tree was in the Festival of Trees at the Wright Museum!
We learned and practiced life skills! Mock job interviews!…
…career exploration with Community Landscape Company…
… leadership with Darrin!…
… job application scavenger hunt!…
… Cheffing-it-Up; prepare a meal!…
…building a clothing rack for the KYC Kloset!…
and we set SMART goals and worked towards them.
Yes, there really was a wallaby in the KYC!
We hosted the “Substance Free Me” essay contest and the participants were invited to White Horse’s Freedom Event Dinner! The winning student read her essay to the crowd and chose to donate her $100 prize back to White Horse!
We spent tons of time being active…
…in all seasons!
We climbed mountains…
…and our brand new bouldering wall!…
We sat around the fire…
…and we rode our new bikes.
We exchange art with global peers in Bulgaria!
We took three overnight trips! Fall overnight to Camp Sentinel!
Spring overnight to Camp Sentinel!
Overnight to Cold River Camp!
Can anyone guess what KYCers like most about the KYC?
Hangin’ out with friends (‘positive peer engagement,’ in boring grown-up speak), no doubt!
Did we miss anything?..Of course we did, we did SOOOO much MORE!!!!!!