Fall Fun Fest 2014 was a fabulous, fruitful day. The kids had a ball playing games for prizes, spinning the wheel for school supplies and gliding down the water slide. It was not only fun, but functional because we signed up many for our, first time ever, adult GED classes in our building. Our partners at the YMCA will be bringing this service to us. We also had many sign-up for our TCC afterschool programs and our YMC mentoring programs. We were extremely excited to partner with the New Orleans Filipino American Lions Club and provide free eye screenings and blood pressure screenings. Level Ground Community Church sent many great helpers and happy kids. A big thanks to all our partners for making it a fantastic day! Our hope and prayer is that the love of God was shining as bright as the sun into the lives of the good folks of Hollygrove attending the Fall Fun Fest 2014.
With the walls decorated so that a child will feel like they are walking into the ocean, Dive In Summer Camp 2014 began. LaToya walked in with a smile from ear to ear. She had been asking her mom when “camp” would start for months now. LaToya could not wait to be with her friends her at Trinity Christian Community. Our feelings were the same. We welcomed in about 45 kids to our day camp this summer. The theme of “Dive In” took us on many summer adventures. Our day started with recreation then a healthy breakfast. Our classes had an academic emphasis this year, so the kids rotated between math, reading and Bible lessons. We had the help of many Mission Teams taught the story of Jesus through skits, games, stories, even the snacks taught the lesson of Jesus’ big love for the kids of Hollygrove. The math was taught on laptop computers, as individualized game-like programs, to help our Hollygrove youth stay on top of math skills. The reading lesson was taught by a talented reading teacher, who did an excellent job of sharing a love of literature with the kids. The kids read a book a day, a great task for any child to attain over the summer. The afternoons were filled with African drum lessons, sports camps, African dance lessons, sports, many water balloon fights and much more. Field trip Fridays are always a highlight of the week, roller skating, jumping on trampolines and thrill rides at City Park were just a few. Once again we had a very successful summer camp. We thank God for the wonderful kids who attended and the loving adults who volunteer 100’s of hours. We saw many little lives touched in a positive way, by a Heavenly Father who loves them even more than we do.