Letters to the Editor

SRA Summer Club 2.0

To the Editor:

This summer, SRA combined the Pre-School Camp, Summer Club and the two sports camps all in one location which led to an exciting and enthusiastic summer. Under the directorship of Dan Shaffer and the leadership of Bill Kane, Joyce Perry and Megan Richardson, supported by Linda McCullough, the camps were able to adjust to the new set up without missing a beat.

The Pre-school enjoyed many bounces and special events including the puppet show and for the first time were able to attend the Disney Sing-Along Day which was a big hit. The younger campers were a welcome addition to the “big kid” camps and all were very happy to have them join us this year.

Summer Club kept humming along with oldies but goodies like Water Slide Day, Slip and Slide Day, Ice Cream Day and Tye Dye Day. Highlights included the Franklin Institute Science Show and Carnival Day.

The sports camps had a variety of trips to Tee’s Golf where the campers had the choice of hitting off the driving range, playing putt-putt golf, and swinging away in the batting cages. Other fun trips included going to Sky Zone and Sproul Bowling. Boing Bounce kept the campers busy with an obstacle course, a giant velcro wall and many other fun activities.

Lastly, all the campers were invited to contribute food items to Philabundance which resulted in donating hundreds of pounds of food to this wonderful organization. In addition, many campers chose to write letters of welcome and encouragement to the HEADstrong Foundation and its residents.

Swarthmore Recreation Association Summer Club employs over 50 teenagers and 20 adults to make this a summer the children in this community can remember. Thanks to the parents and community for keeping the tradition thriving.

Dan Shaffer

Kids helping kids

To the Editor:

My friends Gianna Bergin and Marin Horwitz and I are Girl Scout Juniors and students at Strath Haven Middle School, working to earn our Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is earned by completing a lasting project that solves a real-world problem or need.

For our project, we have chosen to work with Cityteam Chester to create a children’s center for the waiting families at the Mother-Baby Program.

Cityteam Chester is an organization that provides hot meals, shelter, addiction recovery programs, and lots more in five locations around the area. Cityteam Chester holds a weekly Mother-Baby Program where single mothers and their kids can go to pick up essentials such as diapers, formula, baby food, clothes and more, for free!

We realized that a mom and her kids could be waiting over an hour to go in the “store.” Mothers in this program commonly have multiple very young kids with them for this long wait. These kids may not have someone to play with them or read to them at home because there is no money or time for these things. Our conclusion is that by being around books and toys, the kids and mothers may be happier, feel more secure and be able to use their wait time in a positive way. To make this plan a reality, we need your help.

Please join us in helping the Mother-Baby program. We will be collecting between now and Sunday, September 17th. We will have a large plastic donation box at Marin Horwitz’s house, 223 Vassar Ave. in Swarthmore, if you’d like to drop off new or gently used donations. If you would like to make a cash or check donation, please mail to Gianna Bergin at 204 East Rose Valley Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Please make checks payable to Holly Bergin.
Correction – we will not be collecting at the Swarthmore Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 16, as indicated originally in the print edition. 

Suggested donations currently needed for 0-1 year-olds are musical rhyme & discover books, activity cube, stacking rings, musical toys, rattles, links, play phone, light up/musical balls, play keys, and shape sorter.

For 1 to 2 year olds, please consider stacking cups, learning table, play doctor kit, plastic pretend play toys, See ‘n’ Say, plastic/musical tea set, animal sounds toy, wooden maze, mall plastic dollhouse with accessories; for 2-3 year olds, Duplo/Mega blocks, toddler race cars/plastic trucks, musical instruments, waffle blocks, small plastic shopping cart, play food (large plastic pieces), board books, popular movie/TV themed plastic toys, large piece wooden puzzles.

For 4-5 year olds, try Magnatiles, foam floor puzzles, trains cars and roadway rug, pretend keyboard/piano and/or guitar, non-toxic/washable crayons and markers, drawing paper pads, coloring books, and simple games like Candy Land and Chutes+Ladders).

If you have any questions about our project or would like an updated list of suggested donations, please contact me at aesthomas@comcast.net. Thank you for your support!

Jillian Thomas

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