Why you should save the date for October 13

This week they’re putting on their backpacks, traipsing off to school, some climbing onto buses, some smiling and excited, some resigned. Pictures of first days of school posted on Facebook. Some in stylish new clothes and some in hand-me-downs, but all of them a reminder of their Creator and of why SCYM exists. They are our kids.

On Saturday, October 13, upwards of 100 kids from around the city will be singing, acting, dancing, and offering up their talents for an event we call “Celebrate Kids!”

I am personally so excited about how this event is doing a lot of unique and important things: Bringing children, families, and churches from across the city together. Listening to our kids’ voices. Reminding ourselves of how vital they are to our future. Giving them a platform to give back to their community. Raising funds to support year-round opportunities for kids citywide. Not only that, it’s going to be just plain fun!

I’d like to invite you to join SCYM and many around our city to “Celebrate Kids!” on Saturday, October 13, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Maiden Lane Church of God. Bring a few dollars for an inexpensive but delicious dinner from Rudy’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q, a few more if you’d like to bid on a silent auction item, and prepare to enjoy a great evening with all kinds of great activities for kids and people of all ages.

If you’re as excited as I am about this event, maybe you’d like to get involved. If so, we’ve got opportunities for you. We’re putting together a team of 40 volunteers from different churches in the city to staff the event — why not join the fun, and bring a few friends! We’ll be having a Celebrate Kids! Preview on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 at Maiden Lane for all volunteers.

Second, maybe you’d consider donating a sponsorship or a silent auction item. Details on sponsorships — which can be given by individuals or businesses, but provide promotional opportunities for businesses — are here on our blog. Our financial goal for this event is to raise $15,000 to support programs that support Springfield kids all year, and it takes many people joining hands to reach that goal. Every dollar donated will help a Springfield kid this school year!

So as you see a kid heading off to school this week, pray for them! And mark your calendars for October 13, and consider how you might be involved. Together we can help kids in our city crush the odds with the love of God!



Faith Bosland, Executive Director

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