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Sackpack Giveaway PDF Print E-mail

August 30, 2012

A BIG Thank-you to our Oregon State Representative Betty Komp for connecting the students in the McKay Feeder Area with the Office Depot Foundation Sackpack Giveaway! In partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators Office Depot provided hundreds of free  sackpacks for students this school year. National Night out on August 7th at East Basin Park the Team from La Casita gave away sackpacks & books to the children who attended the Lansing Community Partnership event. On August 30th the Team from La Casita was busy at the Washington Elementary Resource Fair distributing sackpacks & books. Two other events hosted the sackpack giveaway one was at the Salem
First Free Methodist Church Block Party, which serves Lamb Elementary Students, and the second event was at the Swegle Elementary Family Night. This is a great example of how the Northeast Partners work together to provide our children and families with much needed resources.


Take a peek at some of our kids with their new gear!



Muchas gracias a Office Depot, Women Legislators, Betty Komp, Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators, Reading for All & Mano a Mano Family Center!

First Free Methodist's First Annual Soccer Camp a success! PDF Print E-mail

August 19, 2012

Inspired by the soccer festival at Calvary Chapel, First Free developed a soccer camp for the kids in their Neighborhood.  The camp hosted 20 kids, ages 6-11 during the first two weeks of July.  SLF Interns Kaleb Herring and Rian Rasubala facilitated, recruited volunteers and promoted the camp activities.  In addition to training the “student coach” volunteers Kaleb and Rian provided the Service Learning Component for Leadership Development for the student coaches.  With the help of many volunteers the first camp was a big success.

The camp began at 9 AM starting with a fun game to get the kids (and the coaches) warmed up followed by stretches.  After that, the kids were split up into two sides of the gym and rotated through four soccer stations. Each day, a different skill was focused on during the drills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, and jukes.  A nutritional snack was provided after the soccer drills followed by an hour of scrimmage.

The skills learned on the gym court were small compared to the skills learned from the character traits taught by the High School soccer coaches. Yes, games, scoring goals, tagging, and new moves to get around defenders were taught by these High School coaches, but more importantly, Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Servant Leadership was taught. Each day at camp a new character trait was taught and demonstrated by a High School soccer coach during snack time.

The soccer camp was a great experience for the kids, the coaches, and the parents. One Mom announced during snack time “you are the best kid soccer coaches in the country”.  The camp could not have ended on a better note, hearing appreciation from the sidelines, seeing kids serving each other by throwing away trash and picking up after others, and watching the student coaches get positive feedback from the kids they coached - Kaleb and Rian say that they can’t wait for next year!

La Casita summer garden camp a blast! PDF Print E-mail

From: Marion Polk Food Share website

By: Eileen DiCicco (July 13, 2012)

A lively group of children and their families celebrated the completion of La Casita’s summer youth gardening camp this week in the Lansing neighborhood.

Friends and family were treated to a delicious lunch of veggie burgers, colorful bean-tomato-cilantro salad, berries, watermelon and secret chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I must say everything was yummy and you would never have guessed that main ingredients in the cake were beets and applesauce!

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ELNA Harvest Festival 2011 PDF Print E-mail

On the evening of Oct. 31, the Swegle Boys and Girls Club was full of little ghosts and goblins. They enjoyed games, mask making, a costume contest, spider web spaghetti, mask making, pumpkin decorating and lots and lots of candy. This party was organized
by the East Lancaster Partnership.

By the Numbers
250 people (estimated) enjoyed the festivities.
200 dinners were served.
Massive amounts of candy were distributed.
1 haunted house created by teens had a line a mile long all night.
190 volunteer and in-kind hours were logged ($4,317).
$1,582 in donations were received (not including $368 in City Partnership funds).

Contributing Partners Included
Swegle Boys and Girls Club
AC Gilbert’s Discovery Village
Salem Leadership Foundation
HandsOn Mid Willamette Valley
Calvary Chapel Church
East Lancaster Neighbors
Blanchet Catholic School
Swegle Elementary School
EZ Orchards
Sweet Papaya
City of Salem

View their flyer with pictures HERE.

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