As we are wrapping up the After School Program for the year, I would like to say thank you for following us on our journey. This year has been fantastic! Our students have developed some amazing friendships. Their cooperation and teamwork skills have grown exponentially. It is our hope that many of these students will return to the program next year.
It has truly been an honour getting to work with these kids and we are already excited to start back up in September 2016!
Now before I sign off, I would like to share with you the top 10 things that I have learned from the students in our After School Program!
1. The shape of food is IMPORTANT. One time, I cut up cucumbers into strips instead of slices. No one wanted them!
2. As a 29-year-old, I thought I was up-to-date on my top 40 music knowledge. I can tell you now, that I was not. Several times the students would be singing a song, or talking about an artist that I had no idea who or what they were talking about.
3. The “Dab” dance move is very popular and “anyone” can do it. Anyone except for me that is!
4. The popular sport of the year was basketball or was it volleyball or badminton? I discovered that the popular sport was never the same week to week.
5. Placebo effect is a real thing when it comes to sugar. We would often bake healthy treats that are sugar-free. After eating them, the students would be bursting with energy and they would tell me, “Andy, it is your fault. You gave us sugar!” I would tell them that there wasn't any sugar, but the placebo effect had already kicked in.
6. There is no stopping a game of Soccer Baseball. Rain, mud, sun, heat, puddles - nothing can stop it!
7. When asked to take a group picture., you could almost always be guaranteed that someone would make a goofy face or do a goofy gesture.
8. When making smoothies with fruit and spinach, the only way to get the kids to put spinach in their smoothie is to dare them! They find it really hard to pass up a dare. It's a good thing too, otherwise, the day would have ended with an untouched package of spinach.
9. Speaking of smoothies, I also discovered that smoothies cannot be served to these students without each and every one of them experimenting with their smoothie mustache styles.
10. And finally, although kids will often be skeptical of “Healthy” foods if they taste delicious they will devour them!
Thanks again for an amazing year!