This summer, RJPM has joined with Waldo County Community Action Partners and Community Food For Children, offering free meals, books and enrichment activities while school is out! The Mid- Coast Transportation Van has been making deliveries twice a week throughout the area, offering a 3 day supply of breakfasts and lunches on Mondays and offering a 4 day supply of breakfasts and lunches on Thursdays.
In addition to Waldo County Community Action Partners and Community Food For Children, individuals from Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and Literacy Volunteers have also been involved in creating the activities and dispersing the food and books. Areas of focus have been on reading, nature, nutrition and community building.
This is an ongoing project, slated to wrap up on August 27th. Take a peek below at the enrichment activities that RJPM created specifically for this project. As you'll notice, our materials are focused on community- building. But in place of a community building- script, which is common practice in any restorative circle, we chose to create a story board. This story board encourages youth being in circle with one another outdoors and uses a talking piece, some stretching and breathing exercises to settle into circle, and three rounds of questions. These questions encourage story sharing, thoughtfulness, and deep listening and they also offer children the chance to be seen and heard.
The story board above, as well as the artwork below, were all created by RJPM summer intern, Hadriane Hatfield specifically for this project. They were created as coloring activities and were included in a scavenger hunt that focused on finding circle shaped objects out in nature! In addition to the coloring activities and scavenger hunt, kiddos were given crayons, magnifying glasses and little cloth baggies to collect their scavenger hunt treasures!
As this is an ongoing project, please check our website and social media for new updates and photos! If you are interested in receiving food delivery or perhaps you're interested in volunteering, please reach out to Cherie Merrill at 207. 338. 6809 ext. 202.