Yep, that’s all that it could take!
Just ask our teen leaders of Team Swift! Team Swift had the opportunity to prove just how much they’ve mastered the art of communication, overcoming difficulties, awareness, and working in a team through celebrating complementary skills and strengths. “How did they prove their savvy”, you ask?
By visiting MindSpark Tempe of course! With the looming fear of "live" zombies, Team Swift was prepared for the ultimate team building activity at the best, local escape room!
As you know, Team Swift provides an additional leadership opportunity for current Camp Swift counselors. The group has met twice a month during the school year to better equip its members with the skills necessary to pursue their goals for Swift Youth Foundation and beyond.
Members of Team Swift serve as ambassadors for the organization. They take on fundraising campaigns for Arizona Gives Day, engage in community outreach activities, and assist with program development. As a reward for their great efforts during Arizona Gives Day and to celebrate their great success developing their leadership skills, Team Swift chose the exciting MindSpark Escape Room for their culminating end of year celebration.
Through the generosity of MindSpark Tempe, Team Swift was able to have this experience completely free of charge. Valuing the work of Swift Youth Foundation, MindSpark Tempe was happy to extend this opportunity to our teen leaders and see if they really had what it takes to escape the room!
If you do plan on trying out this awesome activity, stop by the Swift office and pick up a coupon for $10 off your admission!
For me whenever I want to do what I love, running, I simply put on a pair of shoes, throw in some earbuds, and march out the front door with little thought. It seems so easy to just get out and run and escape the seriousness of day-to-day life.
I never put much thought into how simple it is for me to run and I never appreciated it, until I broadened my perspective with Swift Youth Foundation. Many kids do not have a pair of running shoes and can not simply drop everything to destress with a peaceful run. To go outside, which I usually do with little thought, there are things that need to be done and obstacles that need to be overcome.
I created a one mile fun run/walk at my school to symbolize this inequality. I also intentionally pointed out that like Swift, at this run we are all starting from the same start line and nobody has more obstacles to overcome.
After all, I would rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies, meaning more is not always better.
This event marked my end to my senior project at Swift Youth Foundation and I am incredibly sad to see it ending. I can honestly say that working with Swift has changed me for the better, and if anyone wants to know what I mean, I strongly encourage you to get involved and see for yourself. Quickly, I’d like to thank everyone on the Swift staff and board for making me feel so welcome and apart of the organization since day 1. Particularly my site advisor, Pamelle (Go Devils!!) Thank you.
To read more about Lexi's Senior Project, check out her Swiftly Forward blog. We wish Lexi, and all of our graduating seniors, the best of luck! Congratulations from Swift Youth Foundation!
Do you have a teacher?
Do you know a teacher?
Have you ever had a teacher?
Well if you answered, "yes" to any of the above, then this is the craft for you!
Show your appreciation for the people who work tirelessly to get you to your best with this simple craft.
All you need is...
Get ready to get crafty...
1. Pick out roughly 32 crayons.
(PRO TIP: try to find the lightly used crayons)
We picked rainbow colors, but feel free to experiment and make it unique to the teacher whom you are appreciating! Some great design ideas include utilizing just “the blues” or showcasing “the brights”.
**If you haven't already done so, now would be an awesome time to warm up your glue gun.
2. Organize your crayons however you think best.
We chose to do rainbow concept ala ROY G. BIV, but again, the world is your oyster! Make this extra special by making it uniques to your favorite teacher.
3. You're ready to assemble!
(PRO TIP: remove the mason jar lid before you begin gluing - we learned this the hard way)
Hot glue the crayon opposite to the logo and FIRMLY and very CAREFULLY place glue side on to the mason jar.
Repeat this process working through your crayon arrangement.
We had a lot of trial and error, if you make a mistake, no worries! Just pop off the crayons and begin the process again.
4. Fill jar with your choice of goodies!
Once you have completed gluing all of the crayons around the jar, allow to cool.
Then fill the mason jar with goodies that your favorite teacher will love!
Some great options are flowers, pens, or pencils. Keep in mind the more functional the gift the more it will likely be appreciated by your teacher recipient.
Tie a pipe cleaner or ribbon bow and present the finished gift to your teacher!
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