Today the students of the community club were visited by a certified therapy dog named Duke. Duke is a 2-year-old Labrador retriever who was certified with Project PUP. PUP stands for Pets Uplifting People and it is a nonprofit organization comprised of about 4oo volunteers. They provide pet visits to healthcare facilities bringing happiness to the people they meet!
Today the students at Lithia Springs experienced a taste of Mexico! Students part of the Culinary Club followed a recipe to make fresh salsa. Fresh salsas are normally made with tomatoes, tomatillos, avocados, fresh green chiles, spices and lime juice. Salsa can also be made to either be mild or spicy. When the students were finished making their salsa, they paired the dish with chips and ate the freshly made snack!
Dear Friends of BSAC, BSAC would like to thank you for your interest in our upcoming fundraiser, The Trident Treasure Gala, which will take place Saturday, February 15, 2020, at The Regent in Riverview. We anticipate an outstanding evening with more than 425 guests in attendance. The Trident Treasure Gala will be our signature event of the year. Guests and sponsors will enjoy a sit-down dinner and open bar, all while dressed in their favorite pirate attire! Guests will also be able to bid on unique items in our silent and live auctions. All money raised will provide scholarships for programs that are very near and dear to our hearts! One of our favorite scholarships to give at BSAC is for our TRIDENT program. Special needs adults are given the opportunity to learn invaluable life skills and receive hands-on job training. We are unique in helping this special needs community because there are not a lot of programs that offer services to adults who have aged out of school. Our TRIDENT participants become more independent, contributing members to society. They also have a lot of fun learning, exercising and growing with their peers when they spend time with us in this program. BSAC also offers free swimming lessons to at-risk children in an effort to fulfill our mission of youth drowning prevention. Children in Florida are especially at risk for drowning due to the high number of bodies of water in our state. Qualifying families are also eligible for scholarships to the BSAC After-School Experience (BASE). Students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular clubs at no extra cost, including robotics, arts & crafts, sports, culinary, community service, and more. BASE is located at our main location in addition to five Hillsborough County school sites, two of which are Title 1. Without the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we would not be able to provide the high-quality care our families depend on us for every day. Please consider becoming an event sponsor or donating a silent auction item. We anticipate this being our biggest year yet and look forward to working with you and your business. Ticket sales end Friday, February 14th. For more information: www.TheTridentTreasureGala.com For sponsorship, please contact BSAC Director of Marketing, Carli Walko, at (813) 689-0908 ext 108 or For additional questions - contact BSAC (813) 689-0908.
The students of the Community Club had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Stephen gave a presentation about his job in meteorology and allowed the students to ask questions. He also brought in a weather balloon used by the National Weather Services for the students to look at. The balloon is launched twice a day around the world to collect measurements on temperature, moisture, and winds!
Today the students at Lithia Springs created a craft to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day. MLK was a civil rights activist who peacefully protested against racial segregation and inequality. The students created a paper podium with a cutout of MLK attached to it. The goal was to recreate the podium MLK gave his famous "I Have a Dream" at. The original speech was delivered by MLK himself on August 28th, 1963 during the March on Washington.
Today at Lithia Springs, the students celebrated Martin Luther King Day by making peace flowers. The students made the flowers out of construction paper. They traced their hands and cut out the outline. Next, they drew an outline of a flower stem and cut it out. Then the students pasted the stem and hand cutouts on to a piece of paper. The flowers are supposed to represent MLK’s dream for peace throughout the world!
The students at Lithia Springs learned to develop gratitude for what they had in the past and look forward to the future. They said thank you to 2019 and hello to 2020 with a rotating paper plate craft. On one paper plate, they drew a line down the middle with a simple city skyline outline cut out on one half. On the other paper plate, they drew a line down the middle again and drew two skies on either side. One side said "Thank you 2019" while the other said "Hello 2020". The plates were pinned together with a brad so it could rotate.
To start the new year, the students worked on goal setting by focusing on thinking, planning, and taking action to achieve results. They created a list of their top ten New Year's Resolutions. From that list, they chose their top five goals and put them on the back of numbered triangles. Then, triangles two through five were pasted onto a square to flip up to reveal the resolutions. The students were then able to customize a blank face template to look like themselves. Their number one resolution was written on a final triangle and placed on top of their face template as a hat!
Join us during winter break for snowball fights, bobsled scooter relays, swimming, ornament making, and other festive games & crafts! December 23: 7am - 6:30pm December 24: HALF DAY 7am - 1pm December 25: CLOSED December 26: 7am - 6:30pm December 27: 7am - 6:30pm December 30: 7am - 6:30pm December 31: HALF DAY 7am - 1pm January 1: CLOSED January 2: 7am - 6:30pm January 3: 7am- 6:30pm January 6: 7am - 6:30pm $120/Week or $40/Day