The Afterschool All-Star community club took a visit to Rosecastle Assisted Living facility on Valentine's Day. Students made cards for the people at Rosecastle, and got many hugs and thanks for their time there. What a day to spread love in our community!
Diane Laura, DEVELOP Program Manager at NASA Langley Research Center, volunteered her time to speak to the robotics club about her job at the NASA Langley Research Center. She gave the club examples of jobs and situations that required robotic/engineering/programming skills to accomplish. The kids got a chance to ask her questions and learn more about her role at NASA.
BSAC’s Mermaid Camp had a successful debut in December, offering an unforgettable experience for young swimmers between the ages of 5-12. For the very first time, pink and blue tails filled our heated, Ken Hagan Community Learn to Swim Pool. Lifeguard and resident mermaid, Mariah Diaz, led the 5 day course which covered everything from underwater flips to proper swimming technique. Theresa Hickie, Senior Director of Sports Programming, wanted to bring the magic of mermaids to the Brandon area. “I wanted to offer a new experience for children that have always dreamed of swimming like Ariel from The Little Mermaid,” said Theresa. “It’s also a great core workout and could potentially become a fitness class in the future.” BSAC offered the Mermaid Camp for free, giving any child the opportunity to participate on a first come, first served registration basis. The camp filled up quickly despite the chilly December weather. Parents enjoyed watching their children from the bleachers and snapped plenty of pictures to capture the experience. “I chose to lead this mermaid class because I knew it would be an unforgettable time for the kids,” stated Mariah. “They really enjoyed learning new movements in the water.” Young girls were filled with excitement and glitter as they graduated from the course, which ended with a photoshoot and mermaid show for family and friends. It’s not every day children can escape reality and live out their fantasy dreams! Be on the lookout for more Mermaid Camp experiences in the future at BSAC. You can find us featured in the Tampa Bay Times here: https://www.tampabay.com/hillsborough/they-want-to-be-part-of-ariels-world-20181220/
Sports and recreational programming is a vital part of a healthy community. This concept began with Jane Addams, the mother of social work, when she created the Hull House in Chicago as part of the children’s play movement in the 1900’s. BSAC is central in the theoretical framework of how to develop a healthy community by providing families in Brandon with a modern day play place for recreation. Click for more photos!