Both kids and adults in Palomas had plenty of opportunity for fun and learning this past summer thanks to Border Partners’ creative and energetic staff.
A highlight for kids each summer is the annual summer school which this year had a new location and format. Seventy children were divided into five groups and rotated classes between the BP Education Center to learn computer skills, the greenhouses to try some gardening, the library to do art projects and learn English and then outside for some exercise. A healthy lunch completed the day. All this was organized by our Promotoras with the help of Lee Lowder, a wonderful volunteer teacher who came for the second year this summer to help.
All summer, there were tournaments and games for kids and adults at the BP Sports Center and at the public gym BP opened last year with the help of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF). For the first time, in August, the public was able to use the fields at the middle school and a new weight room also thanks to funds from the PdNHF.
Summer 2017: Well-rounded Activities
Besides these opportunities for healthy exercise, BP staff organized several community bicycle events and began offering a regular morning exercise class which combines zumba, bench and cardio.
And there were opportunities to learn computer skills, too. Gricelda Loya, our Education Center Director, organized and taught two classes–one on using Microsoft Office and another on Photoshop.