Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Boat team is made up of seniors 50 plus and over. There are about 65 Tri-City members on the Team. In addition to their weekly practice, members of the Nothin’ Dragon team , volunteer to instruct Tri-City youth in dragon boating. The youth program has been operating for four years and the seniors have coached ten or more students each year with practice sessions 1 1/2 hrs each week in the spring and fall.

In 2013, the Nothin’ Dragon team applied for and received a Spirit of Coquitlam grant to expand the program and train the youth so the Kateslem team can compete in the Burnaby Youth Dragon Boat Race on May 31st, 2013.  There will be approximately 30 youngsters in the program in 2013. Through the grant the
students will receive PFDs (life-jackets) and paddling gloves and some funds will be available for transportation. The 2013 program takes place at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and will start on April 18th and continue up to the end of May.

The goal of the program is to encourage youth in healthy physical activity and develop team building. Mentoring with seniors is seen as a positive benefit to both the seniors and the youth.

(The photo below is from the Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon website, which you can see, by clicking this link.)

Dragon Boat2

The Kateslem members are busy with some Buddy Program Outreach.

On Mondays, at Summit Middle School, (until March 7th,) we are offering an introduction to Kateslem.  We’ve chosen the first activity at this location to be a Drama Class.  At the end of the sessions, we will survey the participating students to see what other after-school activities they would like to see offered at their school.  Then, we’ll offer another eight week outreach, with hopes of establishing a permanent program at that location, next September.

On Thursdays, at Mountainview Elementary School, Kateslem members are running a craft program for children in Grades One to Three.  They teach and help the kids with each craft project, which include such activities as paper bag puppets, pom pom pals, Valentine’s Day crafts, and more.  This Outreach program continues until March 10th.

The Kateslem elves have been busy again this year.

They collected items to make Baby Hampers for the teen moms at the Cabe School in Coquitlam.

Items were collected by the Kateslem kids, their families and friends. 

A young lady and her class from Moody Middle School raised $200 from a craft fair, and they donated the money to help with our baby hampers, as well.

Kateslem - Baby Hamper supplies for Cabe School in Coquitlam

The Kateslem elves also completed their most successful ever, annual “Build A Bear” collection… which is donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital’s Pediatrics Ward, for the sick children who have to stay in the Hospital over the Christmas Season.  This year was the most successful yet, as there were 30 bears made with Kateslem love.

Kateslem - Build A Bears made with love for Royal Columbian Hospital's Pediatrics Ward

 

Happy Holidays and all the best in 2013 from all of us at the Kateslem After-School Program !!!