President’s Message July 28, 2015

marthaWhat a great summer it’s turned out to be! I hope you are all enjoying it.

Last week, I volunteered at KidSign Kamp sponsored by DHHS. Forty-one children attended from 3 to 14 years of age. They were a very, very busy crowd!! Monday MSU Cooperative Extension showed them the importance of healthy eating and how to grow their own vegetables. They each got to make their own salsa and left with some, too. On Tuesday, we visited Karin’s Horse Connection in Caledonia. What a great place!! The kids each got to ride and groom horses, learned how to do some tricks on them and played some cool games. The faces and smiles were as big as the horses themselves!! Wednesday was Hero Day. Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel visited and showed us their equipment and the importance of safety. Oh, to ride in a cop car with the sirens blaring….nothing better for any of the kids!! Thursday we went to Star Theatre and toured the projection room and watched the movie “Ant-Man”. The movie was the first captioned film offered in GR, with popcorn, too. Friday we were entertained by a cool Clown at Jester’s Court, a bouncy playground, and signed our song for the week, “Roar” by Katy Perry.

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The kids were fabulous!! Each day we learned some new sign language and some even signed sentences.

This experience reminds me of the wonderful work we do to support the children who love life so intensely. One mom told us that she saw her child bloom from a shy little girl to one who enjoys every minute, every opportunity to express herself and deal with barriers yet to be. The world is all new every day.

We make this happen by supporting financially as well as personally. I’m proud to be a part of it. I hope you can join me in giving long lasting memories for these children.

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