02 Oct Project Hope Summer Program Succeeds
Project Hope Summer and after-school program is an opportunity for kids from a Title 1 school to be involved in enrichment activities that promote positive life skills in a fun and safe environment. This year our students were able to hike at Great Falls, fish as Burke Lake and engage in fun and informational activities with our local police. A student participant said, “Project Hope was the best part of my summer, if I didn’t go to it I would have been stuck inside and T.V. gets boring, instead I was fishing, hiking and having fun with the police.” The police came to play kickball with us and the kids were beyond excited to challenge them to healthy competitive game! We ended out game with a handshake and “congratulatory” good game, with many students asking “Can we do this again?” The police became friends, mentors and community helpers in the eyes of our students. Our final day the police participated in a Project Hope graduation in which we highlighted the treasures we all see in each individual student. Each student received a certificate, a picture with the police and a memory that will last a lifetime.
Our days were filled with crafts, adventures, shared meals, learning how to deal with stress, decision making and communicating effectively with peers and adults. The time spent with our local police officers we built solid positive relationships and lasting memories. Many of these students are looking forward to continuing to be involved with Project Hope during the school year as well as helping mentor younger students in the after-school program.