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ROMAN5 2:7,8 - VOUR COMMUNITV Little Promises program helps kids learn off beaten track Editor's note: This is the first of a series of several articles in which we are focusing on efforts being made by local organizations to provide Friday activities to keep youngsters active due to Sweet Home's four-day school week. By Scott Swanson Of The New Era At Little Promises, the news that Sweet Home School District schools were switching to a four- day school week was an opportunity to expand the preschool and after- school care program already estab- lished last year. It began last year when Susie Burns, a longtime teacher at Little Promises, decided that she wanted to give children the opportunity to go beyond their normal life experi- ences, beyond the three R's, in learn- ing. She established OK Kids for first- through sixth-graders to "pro- vide a safe environment for children on Fridays where they can explore, experience, learn, creme and have fun," said Burns, an expert archer and hiker who has walked every trail in Oregon, as well as the entire length of the Pacific Coast Trail. "We wanted to create a camp- out field day experience that ex- tended beyond what they learned at school, hands-on, where they can apply and try and experiment," she said. "We wanted this to be more ex- tensive than the type of things they get at school." The program has included such themes as archery, geology, enty- mology (study of insects), wilder- ness survival, roller skating and a bikeathon that raised $370 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The bike event came after a chapter on bicy- cling, that included a visit from a po- liceman to talk about bike safety. A local girl, Rebecca Pate, whose survival depends on frequent visits to Doernbecher's Children's Hospital for treatment of a diges- tive disorder, visited OK Kids to talk about her experiences. "It helped them understand what it feels like going there, what the hospital does to make children feel more comfortable," Burns said. With the expansion from after- noon to all day Fridays, OK Kids will include homework help and other options including reading, computer time and various interac- tion with other participants. There will also be a Bible lesson, movies (with discussion afterwards), cook- ing and sports. But the themes will be a large part of the day. Plans this year in- clude forays into the Oregon Trail, survival, archery, roller skating, an- other bike-a-thor, geology, entomol- ogy and hiking. Burns said she's tried to keep the themes "well-rounded." "When we did hiking, there were kids who don't walk. They hiked 10 miles when we were done. We purposely try not to do what's available, such as a sports program like soccer or baseball. We try to find other areas so kids can try new things." Cost is $10 a day per child, be- tween 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sponsor- ship opportunities are available for people who would like to help a child. Burns said Little Promises staff has made a big effort to keep things affordable. The community has helped - a lot, she said. One person has donated a computer and printer; another brought a "big load" of supplies, paper and pencils and other school supplies. One woman has volunteered to cook and teach the art to the children. One home- schooling mother said she'd help tu- tor youngsters. "It's exciting to see the com- munity so interested in children, so willing to pass on what they know to kids for free, to volunteer their time," she said. "It's amazing how people have responded, the variety of people. I feel that the community is ready to help." Burns said one of the reasons why she was interested in starting the program is that she knows from her own experience, as a teacher for 30 years and as a parent with a son who had some trouble finding his niche in life, that traditional aca- demics and topics aren't for every youngster. "What's exciting about this program is 1 get a number of kids Who don't fit in anywhere else, like in sports, but they find themselves," she said. "They aren't good at sports or spelling bees but they find out they're really good at geology and they win prizes. I can hook them up with a geology club or the 4-H." Some of the students have dis- covered a talent for archery and she's connected them with opportu- nities in that area. "What is most exciting is to see Photos by Scott Swanson During an Oregon Trail learning activity, Alyss Redfern, left, takes ques- tions from Eli Jennings, center and Dakota Melkvik. They played a game in which Alyss asked questions trying to get the boys to refer to modern items or use words that a pioneer would not have been familiar with. their eyes light up and their parent s get ecstatic," Burns said. "I had a son like this. He sat on the bench " in sports. But he loved entomology. To find a place and see that you're good at something and not fail for 6nce, it's life-changing. They're not stupid. They're not a failure." tsst Ltnn Roofing, lone. Susie Burns, an expert archer herself instructs young bowmen during a summer session. Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned Tear-offs with no mess Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs All workmanship guaranteed CCB# 110950 541-367-2293 / Walk From page 2 competition. They are an inspira- tional couple," she said. The Sweet Home event is hosted by the City of Sweet Home in coordination with the Sweet Home Harvest Festival and the So- roptimist Club of Albany. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Weddle Bridge in Sankey Park. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more informa- tion and registration information please call (541) 367-8969 or email @ c i,swcet-hon e.or, us. Registration for participants 13 or older is $20. Walkers are encouraged to form teams and raise pledges from non-participants. A route map will be provided for the 1.8 mile course, including shorter alternate routes for those who prefer. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join the walk. Water and light snacks will be available to partici- pants. 'i i  , ,: ,  n : ....  : We want you to be part of our Harvest Festival Saturday, October 13th at Sankey Park Contact Community Development - 541-367-8113