By Bashia Price
AmeriCorps VISTA with SON Ministries
July 1, 2014
Friday was my first official day as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries. Part of my first day included dining at Taco Bell Jr., which is a fully functioning Mexican themed restaurant, that some of the kids at SON Ministries created and now operate every Friday during the summer. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was an overwhelming yummy smell of tacos that welcomed me at the door, along with three lovely child-hostesses. I was taken to a table with the most adorable handmade place mats and floral centerpieces. I was promptly greeted by my server, who knew the menu back and forth. I highly recommend the watermelon juice!
As I waited for my food, I took a look around the restaurant and it was filled with Mexican themed décor – all creatively made by the children! There was an over sized taco with name of the restaurant printed on it, there were hanging floral banners, it was simply amazing. Another thing that really surprised me was the other guests who were having lunch at Taco Bell Jr. Teachers, principals, local business owners – all coming to support the children in this program. I think the best part of my experience would have to be the proud look on the faces of the children. I could tell that they were very pleased with all of their hard work.
SON Ministries has truly created something special through the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids. It is a place where the children in the Hilliard community can learn and grow, while building meaningful friendships. It is an opportunity for the people in the community to come together to celebrate and connect with each other. I fully encourage everyone to come out and see what SON Ministries is all about; there are plenty of ways for you to get involved!
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