Today we began the day in the garden celebrating Disability Awareness Day! The kids gathered around while our guests from Paraquad, Stephanie and Diane, talked to the kids about what it is like to live with a disability and described a few different disabilities they experience. The campers split up into groups and got the chance to wear leg splints, hand splints, goggles that simulated a visual impairment, and got to try out what it’s like to ride in a wheelchair. The kids learned about treating someone with a disability as a person first, no matter what. Always saying, “a person in a wheelchair” as opposed to “the wheelchair person,” truly goes a long way and it’s important to treat them just like anyone else even if they are different than you.
We then headed up to the kitchens to cook for the rest of the morning. The kids learned all about one of the organizations we have here on SLU’s campus called, “Campus Kitchens.” This organization cooks donated food from local grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s into delicious meals. They then get packaged and delivered to those in need. Some of the people eating these meals would be eating their first and only meal of the day when consuming it. The campers cut up a fruit salad, sauteed green peppers and onions, and made homemade cal zones for campus kitchens to deliver to those in need. The campers really made a difference in the lives of the less fortunate!
From there, we went to the cafeteria to have lunch and then hopped in the vans over to where Campus Kitchens is located in Reinert hall. They got an exclusive tour of the kitchen and storage areas and learned a little more about the organization they helped out. Finally we hopped back into the vans and went to the pool for an exciting end to an already fun-filled day.