Fall 2010 Updates:
* Tutoring started back at the end of September. We started with seven returning students and within a few weeks had added eight new students. It is always exciting to meet the children who within just a few months become such an integral part of our Mid-City Ministries family. We were especially pleased to begin working with our first group of kindergartners since Katrina. Rocio and Tharon are the younger siblings of some of our older students. Rhonda, one of our fifth-graders is working alongside one of our adult tutors, helping Rocio and Tharon do their homework and play games. The kindergartners bring a wonderful sense of excitement and enthusiasm to our tutoring sessions, and Rhonda's calm demeanor and quiet manner provides a perfect balance. It is always a privilege to see one of our students begin to take on a leadership role, and Rhonda is doing a great job.
* Our Quest kids went on an overnight camping trip at Bayou Segnette in early October. The kids helped set up the tents and cook our meals. We also went on a night hike and enjoyed one of the first weekends with at least a brief chill in the air. We're all looking forward to another camping trip this spring.
* We had the opportunity to catch-up with many of our campers from last summer during the Fall Family Picnic in November and the Christmas Party in December. At the Christmas Party, we did crafts, decorated and then ate upside-down ice cream cone Christmas trees, and, of course, played four-square. Thanks to our grant from First Book, each family received a copy of the book we read at the party, The Legend of the Poinsettia.