Community Kids Connection holds ‘Children’s Day’
Astrid von-Walter, a School of Medicine student and coordinator for Community Kids Connection, and Henry H. Lamberton, PsyD, associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine, coordinated activities for the first CKC children’s day.
Community Kids Connection, a Loma Linda University student organization, sponsored a children’s day on Sunday, April 23, at the Social Action Community (SAC) Health Systems Norton facility located in San Bernardino.
“Community Kids Connection is a student-directed program that originated in the School of Medicine,” says Astrid von-Walter, a member of the School of Medicine class of 2008.
“Community Kids Connection started four years ago with approximately 30 tutors,” Ms. von-Walter says.
“This year, we had about 100 tutors at our combined sites.”
There are three official sites for Community Kids Connection (CKC) tutoring. These include sites at SAC-Norton, the Loma Linda Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Learning Gardens located in San Bernardino.
“This school year we have had approximately 160 active grade school and high school students partici
Many of the approximately 160 children who attended the Dia de los Niños enjoyed themselves in the trampoline.
pate in the tutoring program,” Ms. von-Walter states.
“A typical tutoring session focuses on helping kids with their homework—anything from first grade addition and subtraction to high school algebra, geometry, and similar subjects.”
CKC tutors emphasize reading between the children and their parents. “The mothers of these children are very involved by making sure the kids attend each tutoring session. They are a very vital support to this program.”
Students from the Schools of Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing participated in the program this year. “I hope that we get students involved from all the Schools,” Ms. von-Walter states.
This is the first year the “Dia de los Niños,” also known as Community Kids Connection Children’s Day, was held.
“The idea originally began with the mothers. With their support, the CKC leadership arranged the first children’s day. We hope this can become an annual event,” explains Ms. von-Walter.
Community sponsors of the event included J-Z Party Charm, School of Medicine Alumni Association, Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, Mi Tortilla Mexican Restaurant, and Loma Linda University catering services.
A young student fills his plate with delicious food provided by Loma Linda University catering services.
Following lunch, children were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Here a student attempts to hit a piñata with a broomstick.
A mariachi band provided music for the afternoon festivities.
Angel, a young attendee at the Dia de los Ninos, receives a face painting by a Loma Linda University School of Medicine student.