That’s right, unfortunately summer is coming to end here in South Boston. Summer camps are wrapping up, the water is getting cold(er) and the days are getting shorter. Kids are gearing up to get back to school and we’re sure some parents are counting down the days. But just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean the fun stops here at The Ollie!
Summer Fun Recap
We had a pretty great summer here at the Ollie this year. It’s almost impossible to summarize all the fun we had so we’ll give you some highlights:
The Ollie Seniors
The Seniors have been active as ever this summer. They had relaxing tai chi classes at Mary Ellen McCormack, high energy Tennis classes with Officer Frank Williams, presentations from local organizations and more! They also had very successful technology classes on Fridays with Jamie Ryan of J. Ryan Solutions. Everything from Alexa to virtual reality to voice texting was covered on Tech Fridays. Recently, Gina DeNapoli from Boston Water and Sewer Commission stopped by to give the seniors some tips on being on ecological when it comes to our water. She also informed us that Boston residents living alone who are 65 and older are eligible for a discount on their water bill, find out more here.
Ollie Palooza 2017 was a success! Great weather, great people and lot of fun had by all. To see all the awesome palooza pictures check out theOllie Palooza 2017 Albumon our Facebook page!
How does an astronaut cut his hair? Eclipse it!
But on a serious note, the solar eclipse was an amazing phenomenon and we’re so glad the Ollie kids got a chance to view it at Douglas State Park.
We mentioned in the July newsletter how much fun the Ollie kids were having stand up paddle boarding with the CHILL Boston program. The fun continued throughout August with some CHILL surfing lessons. The staff were amazing with our kids and tied meaningful lessons into all the activities we did. The kids had a blast and learned a lot. Surfing also makes for a great photo op:
The Ollie received a very generous bike donation this month from Sun Life Financial through the Leaders Institute “build-a-bike” program. As a team building exercise, employees of Sun Life Financial built 8 children’s bikes. They then chose South Boston Neighborhood House as the lucky organization to be the recipient of the bikes. We were able to bring the kids chosen to receive the bikes to the event and really show the wonderful people at Sun Life how much the donation means to them.
The Ollie Preschoolers had a great summer filled with field trips to beaches, parks and even the zoo! They had story times and pet caterpillars and lots of play time with their favorite teen staff. Wishing luck to our preschoolers that are moving on to K1!
SLIP Shark Tank
Watch out business leaders, the SLIP teens are coming for you! The teens in our SLIP program worked hard all summer long at their internships and learned a lot about the responsibilities that come with having a job. When they weren’t working at their internship or going on awesome field trips they were brainstorming brilliant business ideas. The teens did research about launching business ventures and what it would take to make their ideas a reality. With their research, they made business plans for their big ideas. The final step was presenting their business plans to a panel of judges, made up of local business leaders (Ed Flynn, Mike Kelly and Peggy Doherty). The presentations were fantastic and they made the Ollie very proud. To read more about SLIP’s fun-filled summer click here.
Ollie Kids Going to Disney with Rodman for Kids Trip
South Boston Neighborhood House is very excited to be sending 5 kids on the Disney for Kids trip this year. The Ollie kids selected for the trip range in age from 9 to 14 and have never been to Disney or had a traveling opportunity like this before. This is SBNH’s second year being a part of the Disney for Kids trip and we could not be more grateful.
Rodman Ride for Kids
Ride Day is quickly approaching and Team Ollie is working hard to reach our fundraising goal! We have a few different ways you gen get involved and help support them:
Buy a 50/50 Raffle Ticket – spend $100 to win a lot more! Stop by the Ollie to buy them in person or by them online. To purchase online, do to www.sbnh.org/donate. Make $100 donation and in the comment section please specify that it is for the Rodman Ride 50/50 Raffle.
Attend our Team Ollie Kickoff Event – Thursday September 7th at Coppersmith. Featuring food, drinks, live music, raffles and silent auction items. Tickets only $30 and selling fast! Buy yours here http://www.team-ollie-kickoff.eventbrite.com
Donate a raffle or silent auction item for our Kickoff Event at Coppersmith – If you have something you would like to donate please contact Mary Fiske email@example.com
Make a general donation to the team – every donation helps us continue to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston