I was able to go volunteer at the summer camp that the girls have been attending this summer so that Brother could come with me and have a day at summer camp.
I honestly had NO idea what to expect volunteering at a summer camp.
I never worked with special needs kids or adults until I had children of my own with special needs.
There were to sides to this for me.
I'll give you the not to awesome one first. I have to admit that it was a really tough thing for me. It's hard enough having 3 special needs children that I take care of 24/7, but to care for others and my own, wore me out a little bit emotionally.
There were two kids that started summer camp today who have Fragile X Syndrome. I was so glad that I could be of help and to give suggestions, ideas and knowledge because of experience. Plus, Brother thought it was awesome to have 2 other people he knows that have the same diagnosis.
So without going into all the detail, that was basically the tough part.
The touching and amazing part is that I was able to witness, first-hand, how much the staff working at summer school really do care about our children. I loved seeing the excitement on a child's face when their staff helper knew what they needed or wanted and the care that they did it in.
I saw staff putting so much time, care and effort in these children.
I also volunteered to take photographs for the families and it was a little tough not to cry when I would capture rare and treasured moment's between staff and student.
|One of the staff encouraging Baby to tell them what month it was...|
|Just a shot of all the fun things they have at camp for the kids to play with.|
|This is Sister going through her "treasure chest."|
|We got Baby into the water too. She was more excited to explore shooting water.|
|Brother just makes me smile. He made a real splash with all the staff!|
Day 195 of 365 Days of Up