We are wrapping up the summer by doing all of the traditional summer activities.
Norm's Fishing is a fun place to catch some good sized walleys as well as other types of fish.
Our Wednesday visits to the camp at Trent are the highlight of the week. Everyone gets to feed cows, ride a horse, drive a tractor, and enjoy a picnic lunch served entirely by volunteers.
Due to the heat this summer, there are a few weeks we have had to cancel but for the first time the camp will run through September.
We have been going to Trent more years than anyone can remember.
We like camping so much we made a bulletin board of it at Longfellow Center. It is impossible to walk by it and not crave a roasted marshmellow.
Nothing says summer like a picnic. We held our annual picnic for staff and their families but had to move it to the gym because of rain. That did not dampen anyone's fun. There were inflatables and games for everyone.
Summer wouldn't be summer without stopping out at the fair. In South Dakota, the fair would not be complete without a visit to the animals. Heather is meeting a day-old piglet and Laurie is contemplating something an alpaca just told her.
One recent art project honored the sun with the message, "Don't worry, be happy".
Art is just one the many Meaningful Day activities we offer every day. Longfellow Center has masterpieces thoughout.
Don't forget to buy your Big Red Bag at Hy-Vee during August! You buy one for $2.50 and DakotAbilities receives $1.00. You will be helping to save the planet while supporting people with disabilities. It WILL make your heart look big!
YOU Make a Huge Difference!
Shortly after our summer newsletter came out we received am email from a donor. He said, "There is a definite climate of enthusiasm amongst everyone connected to DakotAbilities. It's quite refreshing to see." Thanks, Dave W! We love getting feedback from our friends!
You amaze us every day. Just last week we received a collection of hats that we will use for plays and for fun. One woman brought in several crafting items and another brought personal care items. One parent brought in a big box of musical instruments that belonged to her son who received DakotAbilities' services for several years.
Barren to Beautiful
Citi donated wildflower seeds so our gardeners got busy and planted them in an area that had nothing in it. Now we have beautiful flowers growing on the east side of Longfellow Center. Thank you, Citi for growing our friendship even more!
Celebrating our Direct Support Professionals
September 12 - 18 we will be celebrating our wonderful Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for all they do for the people we serve. The week will include contests and prizes and will end by naming the DSP of the Year. If you would like to show them your support feel free to send a message &/or make a donation to honor them.
We continue to receive your nominations for outstanding DakotAbilities employees. Thank you! If you know someone who works for DakotAbilities and embodies our mission, go to our website to complete the nomination form.
We know the Dog Days of summer have nothing to do with dogs but who doesn't love a puppy? If you are ever feeling low (and don't know where to go) find a puppy and pay a visit to Longfellow Center. You will be the most popular person in town!
Enjoy the rest of your Dog Days of Summer, doggonit!
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