Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some of My Favorite Things

Kirk (not his real name), a child who has been with Aliquippa Impact (AI) since the beginning, happily explained some of his favorite things about AI. Kirk attended AI’s very first summer camp program in 2005. This past summer (2011) was Kirk’s last summer camp due to the fact that he is soon turning thirteen.

“Day camp is fun,” he said. Kirk mentioned he enjoyed day camp so much that he looked forward to going every year.  Kirk explained a few of his favorite day camp activities, the first being an art project. At camp the children were given clay to shape into whatever they desired and then they were to bake it; Kirk created a tower.

This was the first activity he explained in the interview; however, it was followed by the field trip AI took him on when he was in fifth grade. “We went roller skating,” he said. While it wasn’t Kirk’s first time roller skating, he explained that he had a blast.

Last, but not least, Kirk shared with me his enjoyment for AI’s annual teaching of the continents and their native foods. “The continent of Africa, for which we made bean soup and rice, was my favorite,” he said.

Kirk is also familiar with just about every AI mentor and day camp staff worker. “I like them all,” he said. “I don’t really have a favorite because they are all funny, kind, and give me stuff.”

Kirk’s mother also commented on the difference AI has made in her child’s life. “It’s been good for the kids; they learn a lot,” she said. “I can’t explain it, but it’s a nice program, keeps them out of the streets.” Kirk’s mother has enjoyed her and her son’s experience with AI so
much that she told me her daughter will be involved with AI as well.

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