Every year we look forward to our annual picnic for Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers South Mountain, Walnut Street and Early Learning Center (ELC) sites. This year was different. For the first time, we decided to host the picnic in the spring rather than in the fall. We wanted to spread this major event out from the annual Christmas party for the same kids held in early December. Also, in years past it was often quite chilly in the morning of those mid-September months. We expected that by hosting the picnic in late May, the mornings would be more comfortable for the kids and volunteers. Well, we were partly right. At 9 AM the weather was quite comfortable, in the mid 70’s. By picnic time though the temperatures rose to the 80’s and the sun made it feel considerably warmer, especially out in the field where the games were held. However, plenty of water bottles helped keep the kids hydrated, and they had a wonderful time.
Keith and Jessica Reynolds outdid themselves this year with six fun activity stations, including a moon bounce, giant bubble making, football-themed “tattoo” station, an obstacle course, and a special section for football drills. Keith was out in the field early, laying down chalk lines. Later, three players from the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks arena football team helped supervise the football drills. We had 11 volunteers from the Allen H.S. Key Club, 10 volunteers from the Allentown Central Catholic Key Club, and several students from Emmaus H.S. helping out. Club members Tom Harp, Todd Siegfried, Nick Lukow, Young Chang, Mike Kukitz, and new member Vic Mazziotti all participated. Todd and Young handled the grill in preparing hundreds of hot dogs for the kids and volunteers. In addition to the hot dogs, we served chips, grapes and cookies to the children. Approximately 120 pre-school children were in attendance. This was an amazing production, coordinated aptly by Keith. He kept the game rotations on schedule. Jessica then coordinated the food preparation and serving. This was a true TEAM EFFORT! With nearly 40 volunteers and LVCC staff, we were able to keep things moving along, and the kids happy! The children were singing songs and high-fiving us on the way back to their busses after having a wonderful time. Thanks again to Keith and Jessica, and to ALL of the volunteers who made this service project such a successful event.