Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day Camp: Home Depot Kids' Workshop

Day Camp isn’t just about having fun, it’s also about learning.  Today the campers did both when the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop came to South Franklin.  Kids’ Workshop is a program that teaches kids about tool safety and simple skills to “instill a sense of accomplishment.”  The campers at South Franklin were fortunate to have Danny from the Home Depot come to camp and bring the Kids’ Workshop program with him.

Each camper was given a kid-sized orange Home Depot apron and a small workshop project kit.  Campers could choose to build either a helicopter or a sailboat.  After some safety instructions and a quick reminder to follow the directions included in each kit, the campers got to work.

We're grateful to Danny and the Kids’ Workshop program for taking the time to teach the campers while having fun at the same time.  For more information on the Kids’ Workshop program, visit their web site.
We're also grateful to our volunteers.  We had a great volunteer turnout today, which enabled the campers to receive the personal attention they needed while working on their projects.  It's not too late to volunteer.  Visit our Google Doc signup page for more information!

For more photos from the Home Depot's Kids' Workshop, visit our Facebook page.

Photos by Mark Hartman

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day Camp: Bean Life Science Museum

The fun at Day Camp continued Tuesday with the first field trip of the year.  Eager campers boarded United Way buses for the short trip to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the campus of Brigham Young University.  According to the museum’s web site, the Bean Museum opened to the public in 1978 and is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinguished honor.  In addition to collections of plants and animals made available for researchers, the museum has many public exhibits and educational programs.

The Day Camp group was treated to the Ecosystems Show, a live animal show where students learn about different ecosystems and how animals adapt to their environments.  Our show was presented by Kira, an educator at the museum.  Throughout her presentation, she answered campers’ questions and did a great job of keeping them engaged in the program.

The highlight of the program was the live animal portion.  Campers got to see a frog and touch a turtle and a snake.  Some campers were more enthusiastic than others. 

After the presentation, campers were encouraged to wander around the museum and look at the exhibits.  Both campers and volunteers enjoyed themselves.

Thanks to Kira and the Bean Museum for a wonderful field trip!  For more information on the museum, visit their web site.  

Find more photos from our trip to the Bean Museum on our Facebook page.

Photos by Mark Hartman

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day Camp: Living Legends

Week 2 of Day Camp started Monday when campers met with some special visitors as members of BYU’s Living Legends came to perform for a combined day camp session.  Living Legends is a performing arts group from the School of Music at BYU which celebrates the music and dance traditions of Native Americans, Latin Americans, and the peoples of the islands of the South Pacific.  Each individual performance represented a different native people or location, including the Hoop Dance from New Mexico and another dance from Tahiti.  After the performers completed their program, there was a short Question & Answer session with the campers. 

Thanks to Jared, Amber, and Sam from Living Legends for performing for Day Camp, and special thanks to our volunteers for helping out.  It's not too late to volunteer! Visit our Google Doc signup sheet for more information.

Photos by Mark Hartman

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day Camp: Firefighter Presentation

Day Camp continued Wednesday at the Boulders with a combined session of the two age groups for a visit from Provo City firefighters and their fire engines.   Campers learned basic fire safety tips the firefighters, after which the two groups toured Engine No. 4, a 55-foot-long ladder truck, and Brush Engine No. 4, a heavy duty pickup truck turned into a brush firefighting vehicle.  Two lucky campers were selected to try on a firefighter’s gear, including boots, oxygen tank, and hat.

After the fire engine tour, the real fun began.  The firefighters unrolled a hose from Brush Engine No. 4 with the help of some campers, while other campers set up orange traffic cones on the soccer field as targets for the streams of water and to ensure the safety of the campers.  After a quick safety lecture and demonstration of the powerful hoses, each camper got to try their hand at the hose (with the assistance of a firefighter, of course).  Once each camper finished their turn at the hose, they lined up on the other side of the traffic cones to enjoy the cool water in the warm spring sun.

Special thanks to Provo City Firefighters Joe Clarke and Joel Burrows of Station No. 4 for bringing their equipment and putting on a great demonstration for the campers.

Want to see more photos from the firefighters visit to day camp? Visit our Facebook page.

Photos by Mark Hartman

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day Camp 2011

Summer was in the air at the Boulders on Monday morning as the South Franklin Community Center kicked off the Day Camp 2011.  Eager campers enjoyed a treat of muffins, fruit, and milk and juice while they registered and made name tags.  After registration, the campers introduced themselves and played some get-to-know-you games.

Campers also learned what they’ll be doing this year.  Throughout the summer, day camp participants will have the opportunity to play games, watch demonstrations from public safety officers and other guests, and go on a number of field trips.

The day camp is split into two age groups.  The first group is for children ages 6 through 8 and meets from 9 to 11:30 am, while the second group serves children ages 9 through 13 and meets from noon to 3:30pm.  On certain days the groups will combine and meet together at 10 am, such as on field trip and presentation days.

Special thanks to our volunteers for their help today.  It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer at Day Camp.   Visit the Google Doc signup sheet for more information.

More photos from day camp can be found at our Facebook page.

Photos by Matt Chambers

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thank you NuSkin

 Several NuSkin employees came to the South Franklin Community Center to help with a painting service project. They were hard at work cleaning off the surface of storage sheds on 650 West in the Boulders. They also primed all eight sheds, and were able to add color to two of the sheds, all within two hours. All of the employees came ready to work and willing to participate in something special going on in their community.
The sheds are being painted as part of a teen program beginning this summer. One of the activities being held is a mural drawing. Teenagers from the area will be submitting designs to be approved of, the youth will then have the opportunity to paint it themselves onto one of the sheds that have been primed and painted with a basic background color. This project will be going on all summer long and we are very excited to see the final product. 

If you happen to be in the neighborhood go ahead and take a look at the progress. If you know of any teens who live in the Franklin South neighborhood please invite them to submit a drawing. 

Thank you to all the NuSkin employees for getting us started with this project!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Come to the Neighborhood Potluck Tomorrow (Saturday)!

(Para español, véase abajo)

We have many reasons to celebrate: a successful soccer season is drawing to a close, summer activities are beginning, school is out for the next couple months, stopped raining! Since there are so many things to be happy about, we're not just having a party--we're having a HUGE party! This Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m., we will all meet for a giant potluck/barbecue on the field in the middle of the Boulders apartments (750 S. 650 W. in Provo). We hope to see neighborhood residents from around the Franklin South area, community center and soccer volunteers, and our soccer sponsors.

Here are the TOP 5 REASONS to come to tomorrow's potluck:

1. It will be lunch time, and you will be hungry anyway.

2. When you share with your neighbors, you grow closer. They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach...I confess that, as a woman, you can also win me over with yummy food. Bring something delicious; we'll be great friends!

3. Several community organizations and services will be there to talk more about what they offer. These groups include the American Heart Association, the Provo City Library, Help Me Grow, the Circles Initiative, and many others. There will also be games and a face painter. You can find out how to benefit from the South Franklin Community Center and others' programs if you come to the party!

4. Otto, the owner of Diego's Taco Shop, is helping to prepare meat, rice and beans. Cricket Wireless, who is sponsoring the barbecue (thanks, Cricket!), will also be grilling hot dogs. You really don't want to miss these delicious entrees!

5. If you don't come and bring delicious dishes with fruits and vegetables, all our bodies will be sad because we won't get enough essential vitamins and minerals.And all the food will be pretty much the same color, which will be boring.

Oh, and don't forget dessert! SUPER IMPORTANT!

...So we'd love for you to come to the party tomorrow! See you then, good neighbor!

Tenemos muchos motivos para celebrar: una temporada muy exitosa de futbol se esta terminando, las actividades de verano empiezan ya, no hay escuela por los proximos meses, y...ha dejado de llover! Debido a que tenemos tantas razones por las que debemos estar felices, no vamos a tener simplemente una fiesta...vamos a tener una fiesta ENORME! Este sabado, el 4 de junio a las 1:30 p.m., nos reuniremos para una barbacoa/comida "de traje" (que cada uno traiga algo para compartir) en el campo de los apartamentos Boulders (750 Sur 650 Oeste en Provo). Esperamos ver residentes del barrio de Franklin Sur, voluntarios del centro comuntario y de futbol, y nuestros patrocinadores de futbol.

Abajo siguen 5 BUENAS RAZONES para venir a la fiesta manana:

1. Sera la hora de almorzar, y tendras hambre.

2. Cuando compartes con tus vecinos, se acercan mas. Se dice que se llega al corazon del hombre a traves del estomago...yo digo que, como mujer, tambien puedes ganar mi amistad con una  buena comida! Trae algo delicioso manana; seremos grandes amigos!

3. Varias organizaciones y servicios estaran alli para hablar de los recursos que ofrecen. Estos grupos incluyen la American Heart Association (asociacion americana del corazon), la Provo City Library (biblioteca de la cuidad de Provo), Help Me Grow ('ayudame a crecer'), the Circles Initiative (la iniciative de 'Circulos'), y muchos mas. tambien habran juegos y maquillaje artistico. Puedes averiguar como beneficiarse de los programas del South Franklin Community Center y los demas cuando vengas a la fiesta!

4. Otto, el propietario de Diego's Taco Shop, estara ayudando a preparar carne, arroz y frijoles. Cricket Wireless, el sponsor de la barbacoa (gracias, Cricket!), tambien estara alli asando perritos calientes a la parrilla. No querras perder estos platos principales!

5. Si no vienes tu con frutas y verduras (LAS SALSAS!), nuestros cuerpos estaran tristes por falta de vitaminas y minerales esenciales. Y toda la comida sera de casi el mismo color--que aburrido.

O, y no te olvides del postre! SUPER IMPORTANTE!

...Asi que, nos encantaria que vinieras a la fiesta manana. Hasta entonces, buen vecino!