Summer Lunch in the Park Kicks-off with Zumba

20140707_110525BBK’s Summer Lunch Program distributes free healthy meals at the Belding Garcia Park Monday through Friday until August 15th. Children have the option of choosing from a selection of great meals including ham and cheese sandwiches, pasta salads, crackers and cheese, tuna sandwiches, breads and dipping sauces, salads, fresh fruits, and more. Lunches are given out from 11:00 am-1:00 pm while other activities are going on at the park.

Today was a very exciting day at at the park. Children were involved in  many fun games and activities including badminton, board games, jump rope, and more. While the kids were playing, I noticed a little girl, Brandy, playing golf along the side of a t-ball game. After playing a quick game of kickball, I asked her,” What was the most exciting part of your day?” With a huge grin on her face, she said,”Coming here.”

Many of the kids attending the Summer Lunch and Sports and Fitness Program enjoyed playing with the kites.  Since today was such a windy day, the kites were a huge success.  Pamela, a summer intern at BBK, who spent most of the day untangling the kites said, ”Although it was stressful, I enjoyed making the kids happy.”

As our summer program continues, parents become more excited for the activities held at the Summer Lunch and Sports and Fitness Program. More and more parents are showing up each time an activity is held. The Zumba class with Willa Willis seems to be the most popular. Parents come every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm, and on Mondays from 10:30am to 11:30 am.  We have even had a gentleman doing Zumba!

A variety of healthy lunches were given out this week including sandwiches, veggie plates, salads, and fresh fruit. Parents are also be provided with healthy snacks to nourish them while doing their activities. Giving out healthy snacks to the parents sets a great example for the children at the park.

Editor’s Note: this post is part of a series produced by the BBK Richmond Collaborative’s Summer interns. These blog posts report on the activities the interns led for school-aged youth in Richmond during July, 2014.

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