Day 1 (Monday). Found out at around 1:30PM that there was a mis-communication in what our start date was, regarding kids being bused from schools. So any children that would arrive would have to be brought by parents. In this area, with one of the lowest (if not the lowest) automobile-to-household ratios in the state, transportation is a concern. We still had 28 children show up, which was about what we (me and two volunteers) could handle for 4 hours. Throughout the afternoon, we had dozens more applications dropped off, and blank forms picked up. Throughout the afternoon, we had time for homework, reviewing expectations (rules), snack, kickball and other outside activities, then games and crafts back inside. Worn out.
|Location for the Club in Fairfax, S|
Those of you who know me will understand that I am big on structure and processes. So, it's been a little bit of a struggle figuring things out on the fly, especially with so many energetic kids, and parents coming in asking for even more applications (I think we have over 110 or 120 now signed up). It's definitely tiring on all the leaders, and I would figure that the children would not enjoy it. But amazingly, these kids want to be here. Several asked me, "Do I get to come back tomorrow?" And when I explain that after 3 disciplinary actions, they are suspended from the club, they get sullen and serious.
One dad I talked with last week explained that typically his son would come home from school, do his homework, and then sit around doing nothing. He would ask his son why he would go out and play. The response was always, "There is no one out there to play with." I've heard over and over, and now I see it, that for the most part, there is nothing to do. There aren't a ton of close communities filled with kids; it's mostly spread out. There are some rec leagues, but not all kids have the chance to participate (cost and transportation). There are not a bunch of Wii's and Playstations. Nothing to do, but sit and wait for the day to be over.
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