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Eckerd Kids’ Project Bridge takes a field trip to the Tampa Supervisor of Elections Office for Hillsborough County.
Project Bridge explored with their youth the importance of civic responsibility by visiting their local Supervisor of Election Office where they learned firsthand how the process works.
Eckerd Kids Project Bridge, Home Builder’s Institute, The Mission Continues, Soldiers Freedom Outdoors and Guardian Angels partnered to create a weekend of service in support organizations that serve veterans and active military. The event was held in memory of the 15th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.
On September 24, Camp E-Nini-Hassee celebrated alumni weekend. Past campers from near and far attended, and as most of them said, “came back home”. As one of the alumni said, “None of us ever wanted to be here in the beginning, but when it was time to graduate, we never wanted to leave! Camp is like coming home.”
Last week we had the pleasure of having "Doc" Klein from Alpine Towers International come out to E-Nini-Hassee to teach a ropes course facilitator training. E-Nini-Hassee: Outdoor Thereapuetic School for Girls uses ropes course and other challenging, yet fun outdoor activities as part of its holistic approach to girls mental health and healing.
Recently we celebrated future leaders through Eckerd Kids' Project Bridge program in a special leadership luncheon. Select youth from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties were chosen to receive this special recognition based on the leadership characteristics they have displayed throughout their time in the program.
In 2012, Caleb who is now 21, wrote a college essay about his experience as a foster brother. The essay was part of the reason Caleb was accepted into American University in Washington DC. Caleb’s essay demonstrates how fostering can benefit an entire family, not just foster children. Caleb says, “Throughout the years, he was able to help each foster child in his family’s home get a little something back in their life … control.”
It was a rainy day at Camp E-Nini-Hassee in mid-July, but that didn’t stop the girls at camp from singing their best songs for the guests visiting that day. The sounds of “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper and “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music filled the camp dining hall as the girls prepared for a special guest presentation. As their Director, Jo Lynn Smith, spoke to them she reminded the girls that all of the songs they sing have a purpose, and she told them all, “You are good, you are worthy, you all have a purpose!”
Guest post by Eddie Harman. Eddie was homeless for the first three years of his life before entering into foster care. He has recently graduated Saint Petersburg College and was featured in a recent Eckerd Blog Post for his accomplishments. This essay won him the H. Browning Spence award.
Eckerd Kids is continuing its weekly blog series on foster children and former foster children who have achieved their high school or college diplomas this spring. Last week we heard from Kiana. Today learn the story of Shamykia a Blake High School graduate in Tampa, FL with big plans for the future!