Neighbors For Kids, home of the Kids Zone, ends their summer camp on a positive note, after serving record numbers of children from the community. The 2017 Summer Camp was very successful after offering an 11-week seamless summer program from school year to school year, giving kids a safe, fun place to be while their parents worked across the busy summer season. NFK’s team of staff served nearly 200 local children and operated the program for 9.5 hours per day, breaking new attendance records this summer, seeing up to 50-75 kids per day at the site in Depoe Bay. NFK also provided parents the option of round-trip transportation, with a Lincoln City and Newport bus route made available every day. All of the youth at the Kids Zone had healthy meals cooked from scratch, fun experiences, educational enrichment and lots of adventurous field trips every week.
Like last year, the community may have noticed the Kids Zone’s colorfully painted mini school bus making its way all over the county during the many field trips and bringing summer participants back and forth to the site. Some of the favorite field trips and activities included horseback riding at Bright Horizons in Siletz, whale watching trips on the Samson out of Depoe Bay, local gardening activities, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Pacific Maritime Museum, Rowing Club in Depoe Bay Harbor, Siletz Blueberry Farm, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, South Beach State Park Disc Golf Course and Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. The most popular and well-attended activities this summer were the Otter Rock Youth Surf Camps, working in partnership with fellow non-profit Warm Current and local volunteer surfers. Between 35-45 youth showed up consistently, got their wetsuits on at the Kids Zone site and surfed wave after wave during these Friday field trips. It was a great chance for local youth to get exercise, enjoy the beach and connect with the ocean!
NFK was able to extend its services to even more of the community this summer, offering the Gail Glickman Program for Learning & Enrichment, serving children at the site with special needs. In May, Lee Freed and Freed Gallery staff in partnership with NFK, hosted the Pink Nail Polish Gala which was very well attended and raised funding to move the Gail Glickman Program forward at the Kids Zone. The program will continue into the school year, keeping Gail’s vision alive, helping children of all abilities achieve their full potential and enjoy a quality childhood experience. In the summer NFK also launched the “Little Kids” Zone Program, serving ages 3-5 with full-day child care and school-readiness programming and between 12-15 kids attended per day. This program will be further developed over the school year in an effort to help the growing number of parents in the community who need a safe, nurturing place for their young children to be cared for.
After wrapping up yet another summer camp the Kids Zone is eager to open its doors again for the after school program beginning on September 5th. Board Chair, Liz Martin, reflected back on the program expressing that “the Neighbors For Kids Board recognized the need for a safe, nurturing and fun environment which embraces their mission statement. We are very happy we were able to support the many families and children that received a quality summer program this year.” Executive Director, Toby Winn, also shared his thoughts about the summer months, saying “Our staff and volunteers deserve recognition for their consistency, team work and their strong commitment to the well-being of our youth. I’m so proud to be part of an organization that listens to the needs of the community, recognizes the needs of each child and then responds so well.”
Neighbors For Kids would like to thank all those who generously supported this year’s Summer Camp activities, including Ford Family Foundation, Samaritan Health Services, City of Depoe Bay, City of Lincoln City, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, OSU Lincoln County 4H Program, TLC Fibre Federal Credit Union, Partners For A Hunger Free Oregon Summer Meals Support Fund, Oregon Department of Education, LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Juan Young Trust, Robert D. & Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, Trust Management Services, LLC, Pro-Net, Optimist Club of Yaquina Bay, sponsors of the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and local donors from the community.
Information provided by NFK