The kids get out of school and we hit the ground running. It seems like everywhere you look, there’s something exciting going on in our neighborhood. Between neighbors having campfires in their front yards to kids running down the sidewalks with WHOA!, there’s never a dull moment when the sun comes out and the neighborhood warms up.
Here’s a glimpse into what’s been happening on our side of town:
Kids and neighbors have learned breakdancing, Taekwondo, Zumba, and basketball at WHOA!, our summer health and fitness program. We’ve also visited Niekerk Church’s Hockey Rock program, had all sorts of fun with water, learned about nutrition, and trained for our 5K.
We’ve had four block parties (which we like to call “Hoops“) on Abbey Ct, Oxford Ct., and Country Lane.
We’ve partnered with Blacktop Rec, Calvary Church’s summer recreation program, to provide tutoring to any students who would like to keep up on their academics and be encouraged to keep learning in the summer. Most of the kids there have decided to participate.
We’ve continued our weekly coffee and conversation dates (which we like to “Maxwell Mondays“) with the ladies in our neighborhood and had many good laughs and cries.
We had an incredible SOAR meeting with neighborhood leaders who came up with all sorts of good ideas of how to get more families connected and how to better empower our Building Ambassadors to greet new people who move in.
Our 5K committee is working hard at getting all the details worked out for our 3rd annual Heights of Hope 5K and 1.5 mile races. Besides all the logistics of race day, they’re working on finding corporate and kid sponsors and recruiting runners and volunteers.
Our first food co-op has been a success with twelve families connecting every other week to support each other and work together to get affordable food.
We’ve partnered with Grand Valley State University’s Meijer campus on a pumpkin patch project. We’ve formed “pumpkin teams” with people from our neighborhood and planted and fertilized our pumpkins. We’ve also learned about composting and recycling.
We recently trained five new mentors who will be matched with one of the kids who continually come up and ask us if we’ve found them a mentor yet. About 30 other mentor matches are going strong and finding all sorts of fun things to do together during the summer months.
We’d love to have you join us! Let us know if you’d like to get involved in any way!