The kids paired up with adult buddies from Hideaway Beach, Fiddler’s Creek, Verona Walk, Eagle Creek, The League Club, and the Tutor Corps of high school students from Immokaleewho work with these children.
Rotating from station to station, the kids experienced arts and crafts and beach programs presented by Big Cypress National Preserve, Rookery Bay, and Friends of Tigertail. Seining is always a popular activity as the kids crowd around to see the live wriggling critters pulled from the sea. Although we may find it hard to believe, many of them have never spent a day at thebeach and are fascinated by shells and remnants of sea life.
With the help of the buddies and binoculars, the children began to look at wildlife differently, especially during the birdwatching program when they compared the span of their own arms with those of birds’ wingspans.
In the picnic area, more buddies prepared and served snacks, always welcome by active kids.
After expressing their thanks in song and with a large hand-paintedposter, at the end of the day, tired Little Buddies with painted tattoos, gifts of stuffed animals from Kids 2 Camp, and many memories headed home.
Buddy Day is but a small part of the contribution these many volunteers make, to support Immokalee’s Guadalupe Center. Their financial contributions maintain a tutoring program that not only assists this Kindergarten to Grade 2 group with their studies, but also enables the tutors themselves to further their education.