Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall has come and gone and now winter is sneaking up on us! But before the snow had a chance to settle on the ground, we welcomed the holidays with a wonderful Thanksgiving Day party.  The BYU Center for Service and Learning sponsored our event as part of their usual Friday Service Date Night and it was a success! ( Most everything that happens at the South Franklin Community Center is a success. Correction: Everything that happens at the South Franklin Community Center is a success, but some things are more successful than others J). We had fun craft and art projects, cookie decorating, a candy walk, and face painting all going on. Thank to you all the wonderful volunteers who came and made a difference- it was a blast and we all had fun! Check out their blog here for more fun pics and comments.

 One of the craft projects was making a turkey using a plastic cup. So creative!

 As you can see, the community center was packed with volunteers and kids, all coming together to share what they were thankful for.

The event was not only fun but educational as well! There's nothing like a good book to start off the holiday season.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Soccer Tournament Recap

This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to some of the tournament games for the South Franklin Community Center Soccer Program.

 Though the youngest division (ages 5-7) didn’t actually compete in the tournament, they did have one last day of games. The kids were adorable! It was fun to watch them chase after the ball in little swarms. The kids would all pack together in a tangle of arms, legs and different colored jerseys to try and be the one to kick the ball in whatever direction they could. It looked like they all had a lot of fun and had such great sportsmanship!

You could tell the coaches were great with the kids and that they had a lot of fun as well.

I also watched the oldest division (12-15 years old) compete for the tournament title. Things got a little crazy when there was a tie between two teams in the playoffs. They actually ended up doing a penalty kick shoot-out of sorts. It was pretty intense!

The red team took the tournament for the older division. Though it was definitely cold, the weather stayed nice and I think everyone had a good time. I know I had a lot of fun watching the games!

By Whitney Condie, Public Relations Intern for United Way of Utah County

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Time flies when you're playing soccer!

Can you believe it? This Saturday, November 13th, is our last day of Fall season soccer for the South Franklin Program. Sad? Yes, but we are going to end with a bang!  The day will start off with the little ones (5-7 year olds) at 9a.m. showing off what they have learned this past season about technique, rules, and most important: teamwork! Starting at 10am we have our first tournament game for the 12-15 year olds.  Then at 1pm we start our tournament games for the 8-11 year olds.  What a day! Come and cheer on your team!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No plans on Friday??

Looking for a fun date night this Friday? BYU Center for Service and learning is hosting Service Date Night at the South Franklin Community Center! We are having a Thanksgiving Event and couples will be in charge of activities such as face painting, cookie decorating, and book readings.  To register (it’s free) click on this link. Help others and have a great time!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween Carnival

 Last Thursday we had a Trunk or Treat at the Community Center. We had tons of great events for the kids: cupcake walk, face painting, bag decorating, not to mention a parking lot full of scary cars to trick or treat to. All of this was possible through our amazing volunteers, Our Teams tutoring program, Community Action, and community members and children. We want to thank everyone for coming out and making this night such a success!

A wizard practicing magic from the back of his car for a night.

 Our very own cute forester who took time out from her ecological restoration to share some treats with the kids.

No, those are not ordinary Christmas trees, those are volunteers whose favorite holiday would appear to be Christmas.

If you're thinking that's a real person dressed as a scarecrow you'd be right! But she didn't move a muscle until you approached her.

Dora, Winnie, Pirate of the Caribbean, and Sacagawea dropped by for an appearance.

Cupcake Walk or Run: donated by the generous Sweet Tooth Fairy and Community Action.
Some of the teachers from the Community Center sharing treats and information with everyone. Laraine teaches crocheting and handed out cute Halloween necklaces with ghosts, pumpkins, and bats to the kids. She has quite a talent. Come and see for yourself.
Everyone had a blast and got enough candy to last them til Halloween Day.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Soccer is spelled T-E-A-M!

Picture Time has been going down with the South Franklin Soccer Program! Here are some team pictures and candid shots taken by our wonderful photographer Matt Chambers! This season we have some excellent coaches, referees, parents, and kids participating, which makes every Saturday the best day of the week. Take a look!

 We have a few sponsors who have been with us since the beginning, and El MexSal and Mercado Latino are two of them. Thank you so much for your support!

 Sweet action shot! Taking one for the team.
 I thought this was about the most precious picture I have ever seen. I think they are brothers, and the one on the left is younger, just giving his older brother some soccer advice. Cute!

More pictures will be coming soon. Stay tuned.....