By: Ciara Alexander, OSU Masters of Social Work Intern
with SON Ministries, Academic Year 2013/14
SON Ministries unites a very diverse population each night at Kids Club, with parents, children and volunteers bringing unique views and experiences under one roof. Additionally, this diversity has been experienced through Special Guests at Kids Club this winter!
The first volunteer, Michele Kurfees, invited Officer Paulus of the Columbus Police Department to teach safety and raise awareness of “the Officer is your friend” here in this country. This addressed a special need at Kids Club, as one transition to the United States that many of the immigrant and refugee families go through is to understand that police officers here are trustworthy. Secondly, Dr. Magic, a local dentist, came to do a wonderful magic show. The children were mesmerized by disappearing scarves, coins and rabbits! Also this winter, a park naturalist from the Columbus Metro Parks visited with furs, skins, and several little critters with which the children were able to interactively learn about nature.
We are thrilled to see the Kids Club children embrace these enrichment/learning opportunities. We are learning that, due to limited resources/disposable family income, for most of the children we serve, Kids Club is their only opportunity for extracurricular activity outside of school. Additionally, the Special Guests, in generating greater levels of engagement, also help us develop improved pro-social behavior.
Do you have knowledge on a topic that would interest our children? Do you have a passion to share? Do you play an instrument of would you like to sing? We invite you to join us as a Special Guest at SON Ministries’ Kids Club or Free Summer Lunch Camp for Kids as we work to facilitate diverse learning!
At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources and a Hand Up.