August 11, 2021 was the last kids day program led by Rose Advocates. The kids day program started just after Fiddlers week last June. Every Thursday, for 6 weeks kids would come to Memorial Park to participate in fun tennis lessons! The kids worked hard on their tennis game in the blazing hot sun for two hours every Thursday. These kids were led by our very own high school students. Out of the kindness of the high schoolers’ hearts, they volunteered to come teach kids about tennis. Not only were the kids taught the game of tennis but also about respect.
Dolores Larsen emphasized the importance of teaching these kids at a young age of what it means to be respected. Being taught respect for themselves was the main goal for this kids day program. Each child took away the meaning of their self value and how important it is for them to stand up for themselves. This wonderful camp was received by the helping hand of Stinker’s Gas Stations. These gas stations help by having a dpuzzle donation. Each gas station held puzzles that were purchased out of donations. This money is then given to Rose Advocates for amazing programs such as kids day!
Rose Advocates was able to receive $8,000 and was also blessed to receive fresh tennis equipment from The United States Association of Tennis with their grant. Today, the kids program met for their last fun day to finish off summer. Due to the heat, kids played 5 minute games instead of tennis. The teen leaders helped set up an obstacle course for competition games. The winning teams were rewarded with 1st place gold medals or even a small golden trophy! After a long hour of intense games of hula hooping and relay races, the kids sat down and had delicious hot dogs and chips. In hopes that this wonderful program continues throughout every summer, Rose Advocates loves the kids in our community and are very thankful to teach them the importance of self value.
By Quincy Clary.