On June 17th local families met up for an event to kick off the summer in our neighbourhood. The goal was to connect children in our 'hood' - roughly centred around Macdonald Park in Sunset - at the beginning of the summer. They go to various schools and won't see their broader set of school friends over the summer. By getting the kids in our more direct neighbourhood together mid-June, they would be more ready to connect with each other over the summer.
A group of volunteers organized crafts, treats and drinks, and videos showing dance from a wide variety of countries. Parents were contacted through an email list, and posters were put up around the neighbourhood. South Vancouver Neighbourhood House made its South Vancouver Neighbourhood Centre at Fraser and 43rd available for free for the event.
The two-hour event gave time for crafts, then time for dance, then time for crafts, etc. And everyone snacked all the time. It was a fun get together with over 25 people attending over the whole period. And it reinforced connections between neighbourhood kids.
Thanks to Neighbourhood Small Grants!