The Last Days of Summer: Good Shepherd Kids Start School Monday

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DSCF0750I don’t know about you, but I can still remember the joy of summer as a youngster. The days were long and hot enough to fry eggs on city sidewalks but adventure and fun were everywhere. Playing outside with friends, having the leisure to read new books, going to the church Day Camp, church picnics, special trips with my Mom and friends, and outings to very special places. Then there is the anticipation at the very end when a new school year is dawning.  Our Good Shepherd Ministries and Inclusive Catholic Community try each summer to make sure that some special events happen and that all of our youngsters are ready for school.

While our smallest youngsters have one more outing planned, most of our Good Shepherd Ministries kids are starting school on Monday August 24th. Last Sunday we gave out initial school supplies and worked with parents around what needs each child would have. This trip to Zoomers, a local Amusement Park was the choice of all. Eleven young people, ranging in age from 5 to 22, and two of their parents had a wonderful time. As one parent said: I haven’t gone anywhere since I moved here two years ago, this day was a time to remember for both of us.

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The younger ones thoroughly explored the park.

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For the teens the biggest hit was the Speedy Racetrack and the Go-Carts. They were in their own heaven.

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Our Pizza party and playing in the arcade were also a hit-especially when we had a winner! .

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And the splash of water in the Bumper boats ended the day on a cool note.

DSCF0763 As our young people return to school they need school supplies, including some expensive books for the older ones, clothing, shoes and many personal expenses that their families cannot afford. Our college student, Natasha, is starting her Sophomore year. We are hoping to help support her  financially as her Pell grant has little left over after semester tuition is paid and books and supplies are very expensive. Additionally we are in need of a donated or reasonably sold van or large car for the ministry to continue serving our youngsters. Please visit our ministry website: http:// http://www.goodshepmin.org to learn more about us and how to make a donation.

May God’s love bless you and keep you,

Rev. Dr. Judy Lee

Co-Pastor Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community,

Good Shepherd Ministries of SWFL,Inc a 501c3 Tax Exempt Organization

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