Lift Up Autism Event at MidCoast CrossFit

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On September 24th, MidCoast CrossFit in Old Saybrook, CT participated in a very special WOD (Workout Of the Day) called “Luke”, in support of Lift Up Autism. This is a worldwide “competition for a cause” that seeks to support early diagnosis and treatment of Austism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and shed light on the very real and significant impact Autism places on families and individuals around the world. In 2016, 626 gyms and 7,012 athletes participated, raising $80,433.00. This year it was expected that over 1,000 gyms would participate. “Luke” is a challenging workout, especially when completed as prescribed below. However, all of the movements and weights can be scaled or modified so a wide range of ages and athletic abilities can easily participate. It’s a tough 5 minutes!

“LUKE” Workout Details: 

  • AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) in 5 minutes
  • 4 Power Cleans (155 lb for men/105 lb for women)
  • 24 Double-Unders
  • 10 Pull-Ups
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Pictured here is the Norton Family. Their son Harry has autism and was the guest of honor.

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Spreading Kindness in the Colchester Community

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As a part of the Colchester Connecticut community, S&S is proud to highlight the efforts of a small group right here in our town. Michelle Noehren shares the efforts of a group called Colchester is Kind.

It’s so easy to spread kindness, and it doesn’t require any money. Small, every day actions, like smiling at people you meet, asking people how they are and really wanting to know, saying something encouraging to a friend or child or volunteering to help an organization you care about all have the potential to make a lasting impact.

In August of 2016, a private Facebook group called Colchester is Kind was created with the goal of building a stronger sense of community by spreading messages of kindness and compassion around the town. Within the first month of the groups’ creation, members gathered at the library for a kindness rock painting get together which included a kindness-themed story time for children. Continue reading



Love Our Neighbor – Church Craft Activity

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This summer, our preschool class at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX were studying the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. The craft planned to go along with this lesson was called Love Our Neighbor.

Bible Lesson:

In the story, Jesus is answering a Jewish lawyer’s question regarding what he has to do to have eternal life. Jesus answers him by asking him what the Scriptures said about that question. The lawyer tells him that the Scriptures say to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told him that was correct, and that if he did that he would have eternal life, but the man asked him who his neighbor was and Jesus told him the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, he was the only one who came to the aid of his enemy and showed love and he was a good neighbor to the man. Continue reading



YMCA Thingamajig® Invention Convention for STEM

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STEM invention convention YMCAThe YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization here to strengthen the foundation of community in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Seeing a need to expanding STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, YMCA Senior Vice President of Program Development, Janice Williams, developed a unique experience with hands-on activities called Thingamajig®.

Thingamajig® is a STEM festival where children can create their own experience. What started as a small science fair for 150 youth, expanded to an all-day convention with over 4,000 young attendees. Continue reading



Building a School in Kenya – Only Love Foundation

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Only Love FoundationOnly Love Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to building classrooms and bringing educational resources to impoverished communities and less fortunate children around the world.

Currently, we are campaigning to raise enough funds in order to build a school in Homabay County, Kenya. Unfortunately, the current schooling system in this Kenya community is run down, unsanitary and unsafe. We are looking to build a school to sustainably facilitate children of all ages in the community, Continue reading



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