Great Kids welcomed a special guest from Ponce De Leon Lighthouse on Wednesday, March 8. Mary Wenzel, Director of the Lighthouse Outreach Program provided an engaging unit of study for the children. Our students learned about life for the lighthouse keepers and their families during the early days of the lighthouse, and examined many everyday tools from the late 1800’s. We are so proud and excited to have the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse in Volusia County, and we understand how important the lighthouse has been to sailors since 1887.
Our family-friendly event for the month of February included an evening of basketball fun at Embry-Riddle’s ICI Center. Pre-game events included a dinner of pizza and dessert, and a warm-up session of basketball, as ERAU’s 2016-2017 talented team demonstrated their skills on the court! Our spirited students cheered on their all-time favorite basketball team, watching the ERAU Eagles defeat the Tampa Spartans, 82-75. Promotional events included a Red Light, Green Light contest starring Keyvious, Jose, James, Jacob, Javin and Riley, and a Fastest Dresser/Dribbling Race featuring Kadin and Rodrigo. Each participant received an Embry Riddle basketball. This experience captured the essence of what our students are learning about leadership – responsibility, synergy, respect, and humility. The memory of this night will long live on in the hearts of our Great Kids.
Great Kids celebrated Veterans Day at Rockefeller Gardens Park with several of our favorite local veterans, Sergeant Tim Forrester and Vietnam veteran, Tom Clausen. Debbie Kruck Forrester, leader of Ormond Strong, presented our students with flags and soldiers to bring home as a reminder of soldiers serving our country. Students worked in teams during a boot camp hosted by Sergeant Forrester. Our children were filled with admiration for these local heroes, their courage and determination to keep us safe. We are truly grateful that veterans make our world a better place.
Saturday, November 5th was a picture-perfect day for our Ormond Beach City Explorer event! Each Explorer team received a City Tour passport with seven sites to explore. Our five teams visited seven sites throughout the city, hosted by local volunteers from Great Kids and the Junior League. Each guide described detailed accounts of the people and places in Ormond Beach’s history, and provided tours of interesting sites such as the Casements, Rockefeller Gardens, Fortunato Park, Anderson-Price Memorial Building, Rose Villa, Three Chimneys and Central Park. Following the event, an old-fashioned picnic was held at the Birthplace of Speed Park, where local musician Brad Yates shared recollections of his experiences with the Allman Brothers in the late 1960s/early 1970s. A trivia contest included stories about local celebrities and a review of Ormond Beach history learned throughout the day. Teams received raffle prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers for making this such a fun and memorable event for our participants!
Great news for those of you who seek adventure in your own hometown! On Saturday, November 5th from 10 am- 1 pm, Great Kids is hosting the Ormond Beach City Explorers event. The scenic sites of Ormond Beach are your playground for exploring and learning about our city, local musicians, artists, and sports personalities. Explore our local history and beautiful scenery as your team tackles a variety of questions, trivia and challenges. Following the event, all participants are invited to a celebration at the Birthplace of Speed Park where we will have live music, an old-fashioned picnic, trivia game and raffle. We promise this will be fun at its best!
The OB City Explorer event will be hosted by Great Kids Learning Center at First United Methodist Church. Each participant may contribute a $15 tax deductible donation to Great Kids on the website.
Participants pre-registered may pick up their event tee shirt and map, November 3rd, 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Registration on the day of the event will be $20. All teams/participants are invited to a celebration and raffle at 1:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue and Granada Boulevard beach approach.
*A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION ANDFINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORCEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. FOR THE GREAT KIDS EXPLORER CLUB, INC. REFER TO REGISTRATION CH14943.
Once you have sent your registration, you may Pay via PayPal using the following button, or mail your tax deductible check to Great Kids Explorer Club P.O. Box 2615 Ormond Beach, FL 32175-2615