News for 2013

December 20th, 2013

This summer 98 kids registered for our summer bus program.  We had over 1,500 visits to four area Boys & Girls Clubs.  This represents another record as we averaged 40 kids riding the bus each day.  Once again, we made two daily roundtrips to the clubs in order to accommodate the number of kids.  The bus traveled over 2,775 miles during the summer and made over 75 roundtrips.  We paid for each kid’s annual membership to the Boys & Girls Clubs and their $5.00 daily summer camp fee.  The kids attend the entire day at the club and lunch is included.

Nessie expanded its mission and our outdoor activity club completed its third year with sixteen weeks of classes that are held twice a week.  The two hour sessions are directed by part-time graduate and undergraduate college students who follow an exercise curriculum designed to get kids moving and excited about the outdoors. We teach the importance of eating healthy and staying active throughout life. We provide fruit and water for snacks and allow the kids to take home snacks after class.  The golf outreach program First Tee came back this year and held several sessions to teach life and leadership skills through golf.

We had over 60 kids to participate in the outdoor activity club this year and averaged almost 20 kids during each class.

This fall, the Parrish Manor youth that have been working in the community garden decided to transition to a Backyard Garden Program they named Raise the Roots. The program is designed to raise garden beds, fresh food, and a healthy community.  The youth are being trained to build and maintain the gardens. Each takes a turn representing the group to prospective families and leads them in their family  garden plan. This opportunity teaches the youth leadership, organizing, planning and professionalism as they take ownership in the program. They have already built eight backyard gardens and have received requests for seven additional gardens.  This initiative is led by our partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle who also provide our healthy snacks during the outdoor activity club.

Starting spring 2013, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle introduced their new food truck to the community.  The truck comes out twice a week and distributes healthy dinners to kids. Most days over 100 kids take advantage of this unique opportunity.  We are thankful that they have chosen us as their initial feeding site.

This year, we completed our second year of the Healthy Places, Active Spaces grant. This three year grant helps funds our outdoor activity club and allow us to expand our recreation field. We held several community focus group this year and these have contributed to our new masterplan of the recreation space. This plan includes a walking trail, basketball court, picnic shelters, playground and a free play area.  The grant will fund phase one of the plan which includes the walking trail and picnic area.

This fall, we partnered with CASL to introduce their after-school soccer outreach program to our community. Soccer coaches instructed the kids in soccer fundamentals and life skills. This season 67 kids participated once a week for ten weeks. Nessie paid the registration fee for each youth. We plan to add an additional day per week this coming spring and fall.

We believe our initiatives will greatly enrich the community and allow us to increase our positive impact on children and their families.  The board and officers continue to serve as volunteers and all or our donations go toward program expenditures.  Please consider a donation today online or by mail at 4500 Parrish Manor Drive, Garner NC 27529.



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