Northside offers summer of fun(damentals)

Because of your support, children at Catholic Charities’ Northside Child Development Center are having a wonderful summer!

They’re hip hop dancing with Free Arts Minnesota, volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, they’re swimming at the YMCA, watching a game and meeting Lynx basketball players, and learning about electricity and engineering from the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The youth also will be going to parks, playing chess, knitting, roller skating, trying out recipes in the kitchen, playing group games like kickball and capture the flag and making regular walks to the public library.

Not only are they having fun, but the team at Northside is working to ensure the school age children stay ahead of the game academically.

Daryl Seifert, Kathy Fox and Anne Redfern have become familiar faces at Northside. The elementary school teachers volunteered their time to assess each child’s reading level.

Not only did they bring in their skills, but boxes and boxes of books. Kids are reading at their level, and advancing their skills over the summer months.

The kids are working hard and learning this summer, but they’re also enjoying the simple pleasures of summertime.

“We’re really trying to include some opportunities for the kids, some things they don’t normally get to do,” said Kim Osborn, Northside’s program director. “We try to find ways for them to learn and avoid the summer slide, while still having fun over the summer.”

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