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Biweekly Community Update 

December 6th, 2022
Happy Tuesday! 

As we near the end of the year, we are doing a lot of reflecting about all the amazing people in our lives and all the special moments we've had the honor of experiencing. 

In this spirit, we want to celebrate how the youth of Lopez are being empowered to design and plan, what and how they want to learn together - creating special moments they will carry with them throughout the length of their lives. 

--The LIFRC Team

In the Spotlight
Swimming with sharks, indoor skydiving, rock climbing and more...
Choice is a huge part of the after-school program, from what games and activities the youth want to do but also how to do them.  The program is built on the belief that engaging youth in the creation of the program is the key to youth engagement. 
Even the names of each respective program, Camp No Name for middle schoolers and Camp Huckleberry for the elementary kids, were chosen and voted on with an overwhelming majority by the kids themselves. But bringing all of those choices to fruition left program instructors scratching their heads on how to bring these adventurous desires to life, while simultaneously supporting an academic environment that is both enriching and fun.
That’s when Rose Prust, the Middle School Program Coordinator, had an idea, “What if we taught middle schoolers not only to express their desires but also advocate for how to fulfill those desires?” 
One of the top choices on Camp No Name’s list of ideas for games and activities was virtual reality headsets. 
While these headsets would certainly allow them to have virtual experiences of swimming with sharks and skydiving, Prust knew that they could provide the youth with so much more than a mere adrenaline pumping experience, they could also give them a skill that would prepare them for life. 
Working with an experienced grant writer, the middle schoolers are collaborating to craft a proposal citing reasons and research to support their desire for virtual reality headsets. “We can’t wait to see where they want to travel to and why,” says Stephanie Stratil, After School Program Director through the LIFRC. 
“That’s what makes the After School Program so special, it’s got a whole do-it-yourself component,” says Pat Burleson, Coordinator for the elementary After School Program. “And when you allow that kind of approach to take place, curiosity is stimulated and learning suddenly becomes fun.” 
And fun it is! When we asked the elementary kids what they liked best we were flooded with enthusiastic responses like “I don’t know, it’s just really really fun!” 
The After School Program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, making it free for Lopez families. 4 weeks into its launch, things are still taking form, but there is no doubt that whatever they do, be it building a synthesizer in order to learn about music, creating their own recipes in order to learn about culinary skills, or polishing their leadership skills by a peer supported homework club, Camp No Name and Camp Huckleberry sound like the place to be. 
Do you know a child that might like to join? There are still spots available. Click on the button below to till out the application. 
Fill out the application
Want to participate in another way? 
  • Do you have a special skill to bring to the program? Join us as a guest instructor.
  • We are still looking for a regular instructor and substitute instructors to join the team. Check out the job description here.
  • Interested in driving the kids home after the program? We are still in need of licensed bus drivers. 
  • Fund snacks. The grant supports all staff hours and supplies- but we cannot purchase snacks with the grant. If you’d like to donate funds or healthy foods to support snack time, we would be very appreciative. 
  • Soon to come: Family events. Help us volunteer to organize and manage events.  
Updates and Reminders
The Spirit of Giving program is now in full swing. Gift tags are now available at Lopez Village Market, Paper Scissors on the Rock, Lopez Bookshop, Sunset, the Southend Store and both here are our offices and Banner Bank. This year, give the gift of giving! For more information contact Contessa.
The teens have organized another amazing evening of snacks, games and fun! If you are 13-18 years of age, come decorate cookies, take photos in the Sasquatch photo booth and just hang out, December 17th from 6:00-9PM at the school Gym and MPR. For more information contact Susannah.
Other Ways You Can Collaborate
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  • Hit reply to this email and inquire about becoming a volunteer.
  • Consider making a one-time or monthly pledge to support the phenomenal work of our community leaders. 
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(360) 468-4117 

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