Posted by: Sr. Pat | July 1, 2011

Chef Camp is the Best!

That was just one of the many positive comments the children put on our survey today.  We asked the children to grade the camp and we got 100% from all but one child, and that child gave us a 90%.  It was messy at times but it was a lot of fun, and everyone ate well.  It will be quiet around here next week and I for one will be hungry!

We take a little break next week because of the holiday.  Our next camp will be Survivor Camp starting July 11.

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Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 29, 2011

Vegetables anyone?

I just sat down to eat with our older children in this afternoon’s session of Chef Camp and we ate a whole meal of vegetables.  How many of you have eaten eggplant?  We also had asparagus, red peppers,carrots,  a tomato sauce and potatoes. Now I know I am treading in dangerous waters here because some of you are going to tell me that tomato and eggplant are a fruit not a vegetable and that potatoes are a starch.  Technicalities aside, they are all very good for you and we had our children eating healthy things that they do not normally eat.  In all honesty, I can’t say that I normally eat eggplant either. I want to thank Linda VanMeter our marvelous instructor for Chef Camp for exposing the children to so many different foods.

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 27, 2011

Let the cooking begin!

Welcome to another exciting week of summer camp.  We move into the kitchen this week for the ever popular cooking camp.  Today started out with a presentation on safety in the kitchen.  Then we identified various kitchen utensils.  Our younger children made fried eggs and pancakes while our older children made crepes.Of course I had to sample a little of everything, and it was good!  Stay tuned for more good cooking and good eating!

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 25, 2011

Over 25 volunteers this week!

Our friends from Nazareth Academy left this morning on the long drive back to Chicago.  We were very happy to have them with us during the week.  Yesterday and today we had volunteers from Christian Appalachian Project working on our playground. Today we also have two of our afterschool students and a parent helping out.  All together over 25 people have had a hand in working on the playground this week.  Thanks to all of you, we are truly grateful for your help.  Although there is still work left to do (any volunteers?) it is really starting to come together.

 

 

 

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 23, 2011

Thanks for all the help!

The work continues with the number of volunteers involved in this project growing by the day.  It’s the local folks who are coming in to help out now.  We’ve had swarms of teenagers around the last two days.  The painting is pretty much done.  The city came out today to finish the digging that was interrupted by the little swimming pool incident last week.  The weather has been favorable to us the last three days.  All in all, it is shaping up to be a good week.  I’ll put up some pictures today of work in progress but check back tomorrow and if the weather holds we might even have some things in place in the playground area itself.

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 21, 2011

Building a Playground

We’ve taken a week off from summer camps but that doesn’t mean that things are quiet around here.  We are busy building ourselves a playground.  Although we haven’t completely dried out from last week’s flood, we have lots of activity going on this week.  We also have friends and family in to help us out.

Here is a shot of Kyle Lueken(our fearless designer and project manager) with his dad,Greg, who came out from Indiana to give us a hand.

Also from Indiana, Kyle and Molly’s friend Mark and Kara helping to make our dream a reality.

 

 

 

 

We also have some help from people from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, IL.  Nazareth is another ministry sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph.  It also happens to be my Alma Mater.  We have Debbie, Steve, and Vita down to give us a hand.  Debbie and Vita are fellow alums and Steve is a teacher at Nazareth.  Besides getting some work done on the playground it is fun sharing memories of a great high school.

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 17, 2011

The sweet sounds of music

There has been a lot of activity in our after school building these last two days.  Tuning keys and strings have been added to the dulcimers.

Although there are finishing touches to be done to the dulcimers today, they were ready to be tried out yesterday.  Here’s just a little clip of some of yesterday’s music.  Come back this evening for some more.

Once again, thanks to Heidi Muller and Bob Webb for leading this exciting camp and thanks to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of WV for providing these two wonderful instructors.
This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 14, 2011

Sometimes things don’t go right

The best laid plans…

We really did call ahead to have all underground utilities marked before we brought in the backhoe to excavate for the new playground!  Really we did!  Oh well, when we had told our afterschool students we were renovating the playground they asked for a swimming pool.  We kept saying that we weren’t planning on building one.  The city workers “found” an old water line that everyone swears got removed years ago and we now have our own pool.  An emergency cap has been put in place so we don’t have to worry about flooding. Kyle Lueken,(pictured in disbelief) our wonderful project manager,  took it all in stride and is reworking the schedule.  We will get the renovations done.

We’ll keep you posted!

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 14, 2011

Build your own dulcimer day 2

Work continues on the dulcimers as the children glued together the cardboard boxes to make the body of the dulcimers and then secured the fret boards to the boxes.  There are some very neat looking dulcimers being made here.

While things were drying the students also got some instruction in playing the dulcimer using dulcimers we have on loan here at ABLE Families courtesy of the Clay Center of the Arts and Sciences for West Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted by: Sr. Pat | June 13, 2011

Build your own dulcimer

What an exciting way to start out our summer camps!  School here in Kermit just let out last week but at 9:30 this morning we had 11 children eager to spend their week at our first summer camp.  With the help of Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, who come to us through the generosity of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, our children began the process of building their own box dulcimers.  As you can see from the pictures the children used their creativity in decorating their own dulcimers.

Under the close supervision of Heidi and Bob and all of our staff the children used tools to cut grooves in the fret boards and to place the frets in the boards.  Work will continue on the dulcimers all week.  Check back later in the week for more fun pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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