Kids Are Something Else, But About the Same
The school year ended this week for most children here in
Dallas. I can still remember the feeling of delicious liberation
as I walked (or more accurately, ran) out of the school building
in late May every year. Summer! Talk about opportunity.
For me as a child, summer meant Little League baseball,
swimming, mowing lawns, bike rides, and long, wonderful stretches
of free time. A few years later I filled my summer with more
serious employment, dates, training for dreaded two-a-day
football workouts and family vacations.
Things sure seem different today, and in so many ways things
are. But, you know, at heart, kids remain the same.
Last week I led two small groups of youth workers on a
"tour" of the activity areas at Roseland Homes, the
historic public housing project located at Washington Street and
Central Expressway near downtown. Roseland Homes contains over
600 dwellings. Well over 1,000 children live in this sprawling
housing development--a thousand kids with summer staring them in
the face. I partnership with the Dallas Public Schools, we plan
to offer Kids Kamp, an eight-week enrichment program to
compliment the Summer Lunch Program at Roseland Homes.
As we walked out of the manager's office area, several
elementary school age children greeted us. We stopped to talk to
two girls who will enter fifth grade next year.
I asked them, "Would you like to come to camp this
Wide-eyed and enthusiastic, they answered me, "Sure!
"Right here," I informed them. "We'll have
breakfast and lunch and lots of games, singing, and fun."
"Can we go swimming?" one of the beautiful little
Kids are the same. The need love, attention, and something
productive to do no matter where they live, how much their
parents earn or what color their skin.
We'll enjoy a great time this summer because we'll spend
time with the kids...and just maybe, we'll discover the child
still alive in our own hearts. The city will look and feel better
for all of us.
If you would like to help, call me! The needs are very, very
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