Well, SPOOKTACULAR was a huge success. Just a little over 90 people in attendance, and we all had a ball. It was such great fun to kick back and relax by the fire. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire pit on Scott Banasky’s beautiful farm nestled right next to the River. We enjoyed other delicious treats like Trevor Mechum’s famous cinnamon rolls. Hayrides featured a personalized drum concert, we listened to Jolene (the Storytelling Witch,) painted faces, and some other great activities. What a great night! Thank you to all who came out to have a good time. We would love to hear your feedback on how we can make this Halloween Event even better. And, let us know if you would like us to host more social events like this one.
It’s that spooky time of year again. So, throw on your costume and come on down to our very special event. Our non-profit organization, PACT will be hosting its first annual Spooktacular. There will be hayrides, contests, storytelling, food and more! Spooktacular will be held on Hastings Road on Scott Banasky’s Farm. Thank you, Scott! The lovely ladies from the library, Jolene and Sherri will be sharing stories with us. Hot dogs and ‘smores will be roasting on the fire pit. There will be a costume contest and a Mummy wrapping race (with toilet paper.) Even the children at the After School program are creating pumpkins for decorations. Oh, we are so excited to start our very own Halloween tradition! We hope to see you all there.
Today the food truck came with a large delivery! We are forever grateful for all the men and women who came on this VERY rainy day to unload the truck. THANK YOU.
The Green River Community Center provides Senior meals, snack and dinner for the after school program, and we give out food pantry boxes. Come visit Kay at the food pantry to receive a free box of food per week!
God Bless America
The After-school program is back in full swing for the 2012-2013 school year! Since Monday, the group has been growing in numbers, which is great. If you are interested in having your child attend, come on in the the Community Center to pick up a Registration form.
I, Ashley (the current AmeriCorps VISTA,) have really been enjoying my time in Green River. I was a counselor for the second half of the summer camp program. The children of the Community Center are such a welcoming group of kids. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spend with them during the summer, and I look forward to stopping in for after-school.
As the summer came to a close, I planned a larger project with the kids at the camp. We painted a collaborative mural on the wall. This went over really well, and the kids had no problem getting a little messy…
The Positive Action Community Team is proud to provide the Food Pantry as a resource for Green River residents. The Food Pantry provides supplementary items so that families in need are able to have complete nutritious meals. The program is implemented through 100% private funding, thanks to the Utah Food Bank, private foundations and grants, and our dedicated volunteers and staff.
The Boys & Girls Club provides educational programming for elementary-aged students five days a week.
Registration for our free summer camp is open now (435) 564-8221.
Thank you to Rocky Mountain Power for your support of the PACT Summer Camp! Today, on the first day of our eight-week free summer camp for elementary-aged kids, we received a letter informing us that we have been awarded a $4,000 grant to cover the costs of Summer Camp!
Without the support of Rocky Mountain Power, we would not be able to offer this highly valued program. Thank you!!!
Last week the Community Center had a visit from artists that helped lead a creative activity with the kids of the after-school program. Below is their report. The art the kids made will be exhibited with kids’ art from across the country later this year. Thank you to The Crow and the Wolf Project!
We are often unsure of who will provide us with an education of the communities we enter. In Green River, our education was provided by the children of the Community Center’s after school program.
We were invited to visit the Green River Community Center to do our ongoing project, Domestic Coordinates, with the children by their instructor, Lindsay. We met Lindsay through the folks at the Epicenter since the two non-profits work together as one. (PACT) Lindsay, a bright 23 year old holding a degree in sociology from Michigan, originally came to Green River as an AmeriCORE worker. Although she never planned to work with children, she fell in love with the students, and was offered a full time position when her time concluded. Besides the general unraveling which seems to occur when doing this project as we ask people to reflect on concepts of home, these children responded by sharing some of their stories and struggles. As they drew on their fabric, they shared with us and with each other.
We spent several hours with them, through snack time, reading circle, playing tag, and running around a bit like children ourselves. As the naturally hyper reactions to having new people in the space wore off, they warmed up. Not only were we new people in the space, but we are new people to a community with the population less than a thousand. Lindsay and the staff invited us to share a meal with them, as the center offers a community style dinner since most of the children attending don’t have the opportunity at home. By dinner time, we were sittin’ pretty at the girls table, evenly distributed by the little ones who grew quickly attached.
What a very unique opportunity to view the perspective of these children in rural Utah. From state to state we pass by small town after small town. When we take the opportunity to plunge into their world with love, open minds, and the offering of creativity, and we receive the same sort of admiration and gratefulness in return, it fills our souls. If only we can leave clones of ourselves in each place we visit….
Special thanks to Lindsay, The Boys & Girls Club and Community Cultural Center, and all our tiny new friends.
Thanks to The Crow & The Wolf for spending a day at the Community Center and doing an art project with our After School Program! Below are some of their photos while in Green River.
Green River Community Center
The Friends of the Green River Positive Action Community Team, Inc. (PACT) actively works to provide much needed social services for every resident within the small rural community of Green River, Utah. Through senior outreach, youth recreation and prevention programs, promotion of healthy lifestyles, adult and family education programs, early childhood education, economic growth instigation, affordable housing assistance, volunteer coordination, and access to community resources, PACT strives to reach the potential in all of us.
Mr. Ali stopped by! Ali Osborn, currently an Epicenter fellow, volunteered at the Community Center for the day and brought with him his funky recording machine. The Kaleidoloop is an object that records sounds and can play them back in slow or fast motion. The kids sat down with Ali and read their original stories they had written the day prior. The kids had a great time hearing their stories of princesses and zombies read back to them with a wacky twist. Thanks for spending the day with us Ali, you’re welcome back anytime!
Ali Osborn is a visiting artist, originally from Massachusetts. He has been working on creating a Green River sound map that will include noises our little town provides us. If you would like to see Ali’s project, please join us for his final show, Looks Good Sounds Good. The event will be held at the Epicenter on February 4th at 3pm. There will be snacks and beverages provided.
This anti-smoking mural was designed during by the Treasure Island Summer Camp. Axel Anguiano was the primary designer of the mural with help from all of the kids at camp. During the design phase of the mural, the kids also discussed the health effects of smoking as well as ways to deal with peer pressure. The mural is on display at the old gas station/thrift store across from the City Park. Anti-tobacco projects such as this have been funded by the Utah Department of Health.
The AmeriCorps NCCC team, Silver 4, has sadly departed from Green River, Utah to head back to base in Sacramento, CA. The team had a wonderful time and will never forget their experience. The team was proud to have helped begin the construction effort on the first ever Habitat for Humanity house and are happy to have made the Treasure Island Summer Camp run so smoothly. They will definitely miss the kids and the staff at both the Epicenter and the Community Center. The team will be returning to their respective homes in Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Connecticut and New York on July 21st after being away for 10 months. Please visit the AmeriCorps website at www.americorps.gov to find out more information about the program!
Some more pictures from Summer Camp and work on the Habitat for Humanity House