Building relationships through fun…

One really important part of Champions of Hope is the fun that we get to have together. About once a month CoH sponsors a group activity for mentors and students to attend. A lot of times, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends of our students are brought along by the mentors to enjoy the event as well. We have done many things including visiting The Dallas World Aquarium and the Nasher Sculpture Center, to attending a Mavericks game and several Texas Rangers games.

These activities are important for several reasons. One is that mentors and kids get to interact with other mentors and kids. This is encouraging to be reminded that you are part of something bigger, and you are not the only one walking through some of the challenges of a new mentoring relationship. The kids also get to be around their classmates in a setting outside of school. Usually this allows the mentor to experience “another side” of their student that they don’t get to see during one-on-one time; the social interactions of 5th graders prove entertaining, and perplexing, to everyone!! 😉

Another reason that these activities are important is being able to offer the kids experiences that they may not have had before. We try our best to diversify in our activities- some being educational, encouraging of the arts or cultural experiences; other being sports-oriented or encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle. You can see our Photo Gallery for pics of some of those activities.

This Spring, two of our activities were Rollerskating and Fair Park’s Annual “Get Kids Fit Fest.”

The day 0f rollerskating brought out many different levels of skill with our group. Some of the kids seemed to have been born on skates; others tried their absolute hardest to figure it out. Even those who were learning each has different ideas of how to get from point A to point B. It was very encouraging to watch mentors learn with the kids, help them figure out skating, and travel around and around a rink for hours holding hands or being their for moral support with the kids who were learning. Unfortunately all the movement made it hard to take pictures that turned out- be here are a few!

In April, we attended the annual “Get Kids Fit Fest” in Fair Park. It was great to take the kids to an activity that’s purpose was to encourage a health, active lifestyle and was being held right in their neighborhood. The event was large, inside with AC thankfully, and very well-attended. The kids had many activities to choose from, including yogo, rock climbing, putt-putt golf, shooting hoops, and practicing their fast-ball pitching skills. Here are a few pics!

We had a great time in March and April. Check back soon for updates on more of our recent activities!! -including our visit to a Dallas Summer Musical and our first Rangers game this season.

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