By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011
Colleen Detherage and Melissa Gillin look forward to helping area youth as the Broken Arrow Church of Christ kicks off its Summer Food Service Program and New Heights Summer Camp.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is sponsored by the USDA. It was established to ensure that low income children continue to receive hot, freshly prepared, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. The meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are provided at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low income children.
The Broken Arrow Church of Christ is entering its third year as a qualified sponsor of SFSP and will be providing breakfast and lunch to children who are 18 years or younger. The program operated by the Church of Christ serves children within the Rhodes Elementary area. It will begin June 6 and continue through July 29. Meals served are not “bagged” offerings; each is a hot meal prepared daily.
Colleen Detherage is the coordinator for the Church of Christ program, and Melissa Gillin is assistant site coordinator. Site supervisor and kitchen manager is Aaron Laney. The church is certified to serve up to 300 children per meal per day.
In addition to the Summer Food Service Program, the Broken Arrow Church of Christ will sponsor the first New Heights Summer Camp. It is held at the church Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 6 through July 29 to coincide with the SFSP. Again, meals are free of charge to everyone 18 and under. Registration is required to attend the camp, but not for the free meals.
There are two camps offered: Elementary Camp and Middle School Camp, and both require a $10 per week registration fee for each enrolled child.
Elementary Camp will feature Summer Reading, a program designed to reach new heights and broaden horizons as students meet new friends and explore new places. Campers may “read their way” to prizes.
New Heights will feature lots of hands-on fun while exploring new areas such as the computer lab, YMCA directed physical education, fine arts, space exploration and crafts.
Children will reach higher levels of comfort and confidence with math through fun and games while enrolled in the Numbers & More program.
Campers will enjoy achieving new heights in understanding their place in His world as they attend daily Bible lessons on how to become successful students and citizens.
Middle School Camp will be chocked full of field trips with lots of outdoor fun and activity reaching beyond our neighborhood. There are weekly trips scheduled to Redbud Valley, Oxley Nature Center, to play frisbee golf and more. Parental permission required.
Pastor Mike Baskett is a professional bowler. He will be inviting middle schoolers to lace up their shoes and learn the disciplines of the game of bowling. This is a great opportunity for campers to gain valuable tips and training from a pro bowler.
Middle School campers will also be performing community service one day each week during camp. Participants will learn how to take care of their neighborhood, give back to their community and improve the lives of others.
Exploration is an opportunity to build relationships while learning to stay safe and healthy in our world through Bible study, games, and indoor and outdoor fun.
Breakfast begins promptly each morning at 8:45 a.m. for all campers, and parent pick up is at 4:30 p.m. Whether your children are coming to the Broken Arrow Church of Christ for their free breakfast and lunch, or are planning on attending New Heights Summer Camp, it’s going to be a great summer. Praises to the Broken Arrow Church of Christ, dedicated staff members, and volunteers for reaching out in a loving way to serve others.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.