This past week has been awesome at Breaking Barriers Today (BBT) because the weather has been so nice and we’ve been able to really appreciate it. Everyone has been able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine with their friends and care providers. We are all ready for spring to arrive because we can have even more time outdoors!
This past month we have had plenty of staff and volunteers making it easier for us to utilize all of the space available to us a whole lot more. This has been a real benefit for everyone because we are able to do so many different activities. We have themed lesson plans for every week which has been fun because we get to plan a lot of games and art projects around the theme. The lesson plans keep us on schedule so things run smoother and all of the participants can get the most out of their day.
A new exciting thing that happened this past month was being able to join the Gier After-School Program for their Mileage Club. This is so significant because our participants get to spend time with all of the kids that come to Gier after school. For the Mileage Club we help set up the cones in the gym and then we turn on some music and all walk (and roll) together. Everyone seems to really enjoy it!
Our Numbers Are Growing this Spring
BBT is continuing to grow in numbers of participants, and we expect our volunteer count to grow as well. Recently some students from the MSU Fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, have shown interest in coming to help out at BBT. They have 70 brothers in their fraternity, and would have some of these brothers volunteering and spending time with us at Breaking Barriers Today. Pi Kappa Phi is a fraternity that has a close relationship with Helping Hands Respite Care and volunteering is just another way to bring them closer.
We are also starting to work on summer planning so we can have BBT and the Gier Summer Kids Camp enmeshed as much as possible. This summer is going to be a lot of fun and full of special activities so we will keep you updated on the planning once it gets farther along. Also, just a reminder to our families that Spring Break is coming quick, April 4th – 8th, so please keep us posted on your needs so we can schedule staff appropriately.