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Kids Need You: I substituted for a second grade class and having a child’s grandmother volunteering with the class helped me tremendously. Some kids need one-on-one-time to grow, and volunteers have that extra time to give them. Every class needs one. Max Arline
Share your talents. Teach the next generation. Jason
Simple & Easy to Understand “Do unto others are you would have them do unto you.”Jesus of Nazareth
Peaks & Valleys: “Life will have high peaks and low valleys, and neither is forever. Enjoy the peaks, pull yourself out of the valleys and keep going,” said Jamie Wieloch Greco.
Solve Your Problems: “In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient, we must become actively engaged.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Be Themselves: “I hope they will always be true to themselves, be honest about who they are and not try to be someone else or live up to someone else’s expectations. So I would say to my grandson, if you would rather play trumpet in the college band than tight end on the football team… Go For IT!!!” said Chrisenda Smith.
KEEP THEM BUSY IN SUMMER: From Sam, Margie, Jason …
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park – in doors, trampoline place. Kids will get worn out and you stay in the AC. Only downside is it gets loud for the spectators.
- Maclay Gardens – although it is outdoors, if you stay in the gazebo and bring some snacks, watermelon, etc. the kids can swim in the swim area.
- FSU Reservation – they have boat rentals and swim areas. Also several gazebos and shady trees. In the summer they offer a camp. Our kids went to the FSU Circus camp and we know a lot of friends whose grandchildren come up and attend the camp.
- Wakulla Springs is also a great place to relax, swim ands if the boats are running taking a boat trip on the River.
- South of Tall, around Lake City is the Itchetuknee River and they have rental of tubes where you sit and relax and float down the river. It is a lot of fun, relaxing and takes no energy.
- The bowling alley on Capital Circle has sold in summers past, a card for either free or really cheap bowling, all summer long. it is air conditioned and fun.
- I plan to take them to Trusdale Aquatics Center once a week ( John Knox Rd).
- I am also hoping that there may be acceptable movies at Movies 8 maybe once a week.
- Gather up some cardboard boxes and random things from around the house and see who can create the most interesting robot, bridge, whatever!
- A library day for sure. Library has lots of interesting things going on over the summer, especially for younger ones.
- Play in the sprinklers! Buy a couple squirt guns at Dollar store.
- Vacation Bible School somewhere from 9-12 for a week.
- Baking, or make some play-doh or slime from scratch. It’s easy.
- Make something to take to an Assisted Living Center…maybe whatever you bake!
- Let them draw a picture on posterboard, perhaps from a story you have read together, then let them cut it up into a puzzle for brother or you to put together.
- Gather up some old magazines and have a timed word hunt. Little guy can look for one or two sight words, like “the”, “and”, etc., and older guy can look up words related to a topic, like summer. Give them a highlighter and see who finds the most in the time allowed and have a fun prize! Both can get a prize if you have several prize bags with dollar store items and the bag you pick from depends on how many you found.
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