For most schools, fall break means classes are cancelled and short vacations are planned to take advantage of the extended weekend. But for a child whose living situation can change overnight, fall break can be a time of uncertainty. Scheduling vacations and childcare are typically not options for families experiencing homelessness who, on a daily basis, may lack access to food and basic necessities. This can make fall break a potentially stressful time for those families if there is no where for their children to go.
At Positive Tomorrows, our programs are in session year-round, including a weeklong fall break camp. This year, our kiddos visited Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, learned to fly planes at Sundance Airport, painted and carved pumpkins at the school, had outdoor adventures at Camp Dakani, and so much more.
During fall break camp, no child has to worry about paying a fee or having the right supplies. Positive Tomorrows provides transportation to and from camp, three meals per day, and admissions and necessary supplies to participate in these activities are covered free of charge.
“I liked being outside at the camp place because I got to see all the leaves changing color for the fall,” said Allie*, a 2nd grader at Positive Tomorrows. “My other favorite things were painting pumpkins and getting to see all the dogs at the dog shelter.”
A volunteerism component was also included in fall break camp activities this year to ensure students experienced the value and impact of being involved with their community. Students visited the Central Oklahoma Humane Society where they were able to make a difference in the lives of animals at the shelter and interact with humane society staff and volunteers.
*Name has been changed for privacy purposes