GIFTS Seeks Social Worker
The GIFTS Family Support Center is seeking a social worker (BSW/related degree) to be an after-school director. Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with multiple service providers is needed. Send resumes to GIFTS Family Support Center, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.
GIFTS Family Day of Celebration
GIFTS (Grand Island Family Town and Schools) held its second annual National Family Day of Celebration Saturday morning (Oct. 28) at Kaegebein School. More than 70 Grand Island parents and children were at the event. The focus of the event was to have community support of families according to GIFTS Coordinator Heather Maris.
The day started with a family fun walk around the school with many participants in Halloween costume. Children and parents then made craft items including painted newspaper hats, colored pasta necklaces, and wooden pendants (decorated with foil stars and spices). A family fun quiz was given to everyone. Following the crafts program, children went to the gym where they separated into teams and competed in events like making a dummy (with old clothes, newspaper, tape, and balloons), and running an obstacle course.
Aubrey makes a pasta necklace in her witch costume.
According to Maris events were designed to make family members cooperate and interact with each other. Craft projects were designed so that parents would help their children make cool stuff. Events in the gym were judged on "cooperation, communication, creativity and laughter." And the quiz was designed with a mix of questions that could be answered only if parents and children worked together.
The idea for the program came from the GIFTS organization. For more information about GIFTS call 773-9600 ext. 690. Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 20-26) is National Family Week.
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