Summer is not canceled in Houston. The summer children's program at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine and at Reed Road needed to adjust how they operate due to COVID-19, but they are still helping children have an engaging and fun summer through their virtual meetings.
Each workday, students gather together over Zoom to do a lesson, work on crafts, have conversations on social and emotional learning, sing and play games and other fun activities. More than 100 children participate each week.
Each Monday, the child receives a kit with all the supplies, including markers and crayons, needed for the week's adventures according to the theme for that week so every day there is something fun for the student to do.
Some of the projects include creating an avocado pillow, tie-dye pillow cases and dinosaur puppets. The avocado pillow has been a big hit with the kids.
"We’ve gotten a lot of messages from parents saying they love to work together with their student on the projects as well," said Victoria Christensen, Children’s Program Supervisor at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Reed Road. "It’s been cool to see families bonding. One mother called me and said she loves seeing her kids have fun and the crafts have given them a lot more fun family time. She thanked us for giving her joy during a difficult time."