If you’ve ever been around forty-five children freshly out of school, running around and screaming as if it were the last minute on earth and they needed to breech the sound barrier to earn another minute to continue doing the same, then you can imagine our angst as we and our staff rushed to plan summer events to occupy the kids, educate them and possible even save our ear drums and an ounce of stress in the process. If you haven’t been around forty-five children freshly out of school, running around and screaming in a frenzy, then I’m pretty sure you can imagine it and the necessity of the formerly mentioned summer plans.
With last summer’s focus on the children understanding what it meant to have hopes and dreams in life, this year, we decided to focus on the fact that we are all one family with each one of us having the chance to make a difference. With that being the focus, though, we started with the very basics. You cannot make bread if you don’t know what flour is and it will not rise if no yeast is added. Camp Kalalou shed light on the need for the children to explore what their strengths and weaknesses are, what their skills and needed improvements are and how to move forward after realizing those. We started this year’s camp with groups on health and sanitation, handwriting, art, mathematics, singing and dancing, sports, recitation, kitchen basics, and world geography.
Simple subjects, huh? Wait a second and I’ll share the edge that we hope to provide them with. Just as flour provides a basis for that bread, our continued education and reiteration gives the children a basis for their lives. After they learn about their own needs, bodies, the necessity for cleanliness and care, when they see how they improve focus through handwriting and math skills, as they try new activities and release some energy with singing, sports and dancing, gain confidence reciting in front of their peers, recognize the world around them, they can begin to rise and make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.
So, sure, forty-five jumping, swirling, screaming and fully energetic children can potentially break the sound barrier, but they can also have the love, strength, compassion and courage within them to change the world that surrounds them.