Thanks to Big Thought, a group of kids from Village Oaks and Willow Pond were able to take field trips during spring break. They visited SPARK, the Federal Reserve Bank and AT&T Stadium! Running on to the field and then playing a game of football at AT&T Stadium was definitely the highlight!
What a blast to do an art class with kids from Hyer Elementary!
About 10 kids from Hyer Elementary came down to Village Oaks and joined our students for an art class on imprints. They also delivered some art supplies, and the Village Oaks kids presented an art project as a thank you and token of friendship. We are really excited to do this again soon - but at their place next time!
Kids are learning to read! On average, our kids are two grade levels behind. But, these kids are resilient and hard working, fighting their way towards literacy. Last year, 53% of our kids improved one literacy grade level! One of these students just went in to overdrive! over 150 minutes on Lexia in 3 days! 4 levels completed!
Thanks to a good friend, who is a designer at Google, our kids were able to learn about the process of designing shoes. After spending time designing their dream shoe, the group selected one to take through the actual process on an iPad. Enjoy the videos and the photos!
Thanks to True Lee Missionary Baptist Church, a group of our students was able to travel to Austin and see the State legislature in action on Tuesday! We also go too meet State Representative Eric Johnson! It is so fun to see kids inspired towards their potential futures! As Dr. Flowers (of St. Phillips school here in Dallas) often says: "you cannot be what you cannot see." This point was made true when one of the girls said "I think I want to work here one day!"
It will be fun to see which of these kids goes on to serve our state in this capacity!
Mr. B will have a home for the first time in 10 years (he has been living on the streets), and we are thrilled about this collaboration with The Human Impact!
Working together, we have been able to get Mr. B in to an apartment in a Behind Every Door community. He will have the ongoing support of The Human Impact staff - from financial coaching to counseling to basic needs, in addition to the on-site support of Behind Every Door and the services we offer: addiction recovery meetings, Bible studies, community events, etc.
We believe this could be a significant collaboration, and a potential answer to helping people currently living on the streets. Stay tuned!
Thanks to our partnership with Big Thought, the kids were able to experience Kabuki theatre recently.
First, their faces were painted in a traditional way, and then they put on traditional clothes. Each child was given a part to play, and everyone had a great time! And, they did the whole thing in one hour!
Their performance is 3 minutes long - enjoy! Or, check out the pictures below the video.
To celebrate Valentine's Day we hosted our third-annual Date Night at Village Oaks. This year we were able to host the party in our newly renovated (and beautiful) kitchen/dining room. We had great time!
The kids were interested in learning about dance, so we started a class! This was the first one!