New Product Trade Show 2018 – An Award Winning Year

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Every year in December, the Merchandising Department announces their new products for the following year through a tradeshow held in the warehouse. This year’s theme was Employees look forward to this event every year because it gives them the opportunity to get their hands on the new products and really see how they work. They also have the product experts on hand to answer any questions and perform product demonstrations. The Merchandising Team looks for feedback from employees and of course the top question is, “What is your favorite new product of the year?” The results are in, here is the list of the Employee selected favorites for 2018: Continue reading

How to Celebrate Groundhog Day at Your Senior Facility

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For Groundhog Day on February 2nd, treat your residents to fun and games in your Activity Room to celebrate six more weeks of winter!

1. Host a Punxsutawney Phil Breakfast

Arrange to have a special breakfast for residents, featuring all their favorites (items that they may not normally receive) like sunny-side-up eggs, blueberry waffles, and country ham. Encourage residents to dress-up for this special breakfast.

2. Make Sock Puppets With the Grandkids

Schedule an intergenerational activity for residents to make and decorate animal hand puppets with the grandkids. They can even work together to design a puppet theater and put on a show. Continue reading

Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar for Kids – Keeping Students Active

Encouraging kids to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle is a main goal of both teachers and afterschool professionals. We have seen many teachers asking for monthly fitness calendars to challenge students to stay active during the year, and even to take home over school break and get their family involved.

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create our first fitness calendar for the month of January 2018! Here is the link to the download:

Printable January Fitness Calendar 

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How After School Programs Inspire Today’s Youth

By Kevin Gilmore, National Afterschool Association Next Generation 2017 Award Nominee

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I started in afterschool as a participant in Big Brothers, Big Sisters when I was in middle school. By the time I was in high school, I was a co-lead in a K-5th grade after school program in a local church. I’ve always had a passion for working with young people. My first paid job was providing childcare for children in my neighborhood. Eventually, my passion for working with youth combined with my passion for culinary arts. I began teaching nutrition classes to the children in the program. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to serve as a youth leader for students in 4th-7th grades at a local church. We led the youth in arts, crafts, recreation and devotions.

After college, I felt a call on my life to move from Toledo, OH to Columbus, OH where I worked at the YMCA Summer Program. I began volunteering at Vineyard Columbus in the café – serving as the leader for the youth café volunteers. I gained employment with the café where one of my favorite times of the year was working with the summer program staff and their youth. I was offered a position with the Community Center’s after school and summer programs where I have led children in grades K-12 over the past four and a half years.  I was asked to direct the high school program and have served in this position since 2015. Continue reading

10 Hobby Ideas for Senior Residents

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Celebrate National Hobby Month this January by creating several different hobby clubs for your residents to join. Here are 10 ideas from to give you inspiration.

1. Latch Hook  If you have a small group of residents who like to keep busy, provide latch hook kits and latch hooks for them to make a variety of projects like butterflies, flowers, or animals.

2. Singing – Organize a group of residents who enjoy singing to meet each week for sing-alongs. Play a variety of music for residents to sing to, like music from the 1950s, church hymns, or popular oldies.

3. Reading – Borrow books from your local library to place on a bookcase for residents to check out to read. Continue reading

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