by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
Change is the nature of life on Earth. We are continually in transition. This summer has certainly been a time of transition, as well as a season of celebration, at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Although we’ve had to adapt to some schedule changes resulting from reductions in funding and personnel (see page 5), we have been blessed with not one, but many, reasons to celebrate. Those reasons are our children.
Summer at the FRC began with two Young Artists’ Showcases in which young dancers, painters, weavers, violinists, and performers were celebrated as they shared their art with appreciative families, friends, teachers, and community. In July we celebrated our young athletes at the 6th Annual Sports Camp Picnic, a time for summer campers to savor the last few moments of camaraderie while feasting on warm blackberry cobbler, then challenge parents to some serious dodge ball in the Lodge. Yes, the kids won…again and again and again!
Although we provide a wide variety of services, the most satisfying activities are usually those that directly serve the needs of our community’s children. Sports Camp provided three weeks of fun, not only for the young athletes, but for our staff. The kids’ enthusiasm was infectious. Their easy laughter and shrieks of delight echoed across the campus, creating a celebratory air, not just on a showcase or picnic day, but every day.
We’re grateful to Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Twin Ridge Elementary School District, and Oak Tree Community Park for making the camp possible. Much gratitude also goes to our dedicated Coach Heidi Ryan who, with 3 month old son Mason in tow, inspired, motivated, and encouraged young sports campers to develop as human beings, as well as athletes. We are, of course, grateful to parents for entrusting us with their precious children. Most of all, we are grateful to the children for so generously sharing their vitality, exuberance, and humor with us. They are truly worthy of celebration.