We had a special guest visit camp on Friday. In connection with our unit on Cajun culture, Bruce Daigrepont, a Cajun musician who performs all over the world shared his music with our campers. They learned some more about the history of Cajuns and more about the accordion. Several campers played the triangle, spoons, and washboard themselves. Mr. Bruce’s performance closed with all the kids trying the “potato dance.” Such a fun afternoon! Thanks New Orleans Musicians Assistance Gig Fund for making this possible!
New Orleans experienced one of the coldest springs I can ever remember, but our Quest kids enthusiastically braved 40 degree overnight temperatures during our annual camping trip! We arrived on Friday night to a soggy (but fully set-up! Thank you Xander and Trevor!) camp site. After some s’mores and campfire singing, and lots of talking back in the tents, we settled in for a cold night. The weather was beautiful by the next morning, and the kids cooked scrambled eggs, sausage links, and even toast over the fire. We then drove to a strawberry farm and picked bucketfulls of strawberried, met some baby goats, and had a picnic. Back at the campground we took a nature hike with Ranger Steve and went for a swim in Lake Pontchartrain. The next morning we had a devotional and packed up. 15 kids came on the trip, including several of our tutoring kids who were first-time campers. We are already talking about when we go camping this fall. Thanks to all of our adult volunteers who helped make the trip go so smoothly!
This past spring we partnered with STAIR and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host a six week series of bilingual family literacy nights. Families received books to take home and read together. Families then discussed the books at the weekly meetings. Many of our tutoring families participated. Thanks to the volunteers who helped prepare our wonderful meals!
It can’t be a camp reunion without some time set aside for a story! To celebrate this special day, we read from a book of poetry about American history. The pictures and words explained how all Americans throughout our history have always hoped for freedom, though guaranteeing equal rights for all has been a long and difficult process. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Obama have been part of that process, and we need to continue to show kindness to all people and help continue to make that dream of freedom a reality.
We made King Cakes with cinnamon rolls and lots of purple, green, and gold sugar.
Among one of my favorite Kid City traditions is our annual Heifer Project. Each year our tutoring students “donate” tickets they have earned for good behavior and hard work (tickets that could otherwise be used to buy treats for themselves) to our Heifer Project. Mid-City Ministries matches each donated ticket with $1.oo that will be sent to Heifer International.
We discuss the various types of animals that Heifer sends to families and how those families can benefit from those animals. Our kids then vote for the one they want to choose with the money they have raised. For years we were in the rabbit- ducks- honeybee range, but as our program and children’s enthusiasm has grown, we have been able to aim for the bigger animals. This year our goal is to raise $250, enough for a water buffalo!
Our Quest kids are getting in on the project by cooking and serving dinner next Wednesday night. All of the money they raise through that meal will go towards matching the donated tickets.
I love watching our children decide how many tickets to donate. Everyone gets to make their own decision about if and how much to donate. I also loved hearing our Kid City veterans tell the younger students about the project and share their enthusiasm.
We’re all so excited that a group of elementary kids from New Orleans are on their way to providing a family in Asia with a water buffalo!