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Chicktime SA Central will not be holding an activity this month due to the girls being off campus for Memorial Day. We hope to see you at our event next month, June 25th.
The ladies of UTSA’s Kappa Delta Chi led this month’s activity. The girls and volunteers worked through numerous team building exercises such as the human knot. The goal was to untangle the human knot without letting go of hands. Another game was trying to get a duck tied to ribbons on top of a cup. It was a little more difficult then it sounds. Each partner is holding on to a ribbon tied to the duck and we had to work together to try and raise the duck and set it on top of the cup. Thank you to all our volunteers that came out to hang out with us and the girls of St. PJ’s.
Join us for an afternoon of exercising team work skills with Kappa Delta Chi and the children at St. PJ’s Children’s Home!
Our original activity this month was Les Mills Body Combat. We had 16 girls that were full of fire and energy. After about 15 minutes into the workout, one of the girls which she creatively named herself Instructor Diamond decided she was going to lead the workout her way. Sometimes you just have to scratch a plan and let life happen. I am so glad this is exactly what we did! Let’s just say it was one of the most entertaining workouts. After our workout with Instructor Diamond, we played board games with girls and snacked on cinnamon rolls. Thank you to all the volunteers that spent part of their Easter weekend with us and the girls of St. PJ’s.
This month we made no sew knot blankets with the girls of St. PJ’s. Volunteers teamed up with the girls to help them complete their blankets. Music played in the background so mini-dance breaks ensued. Thank you Robin for leading our activity this month and all our volunteers that spent their Saturday morning with us.
This month the girls learned how to stay safe and classy on social media. Specifically, what you should think about before posting something on any social media platforms.
Thank you to all our volunteers for coming out and spending part of your weekend with us. Also, a SPECIAL thank you to Sigma Gamma Rho of UTSA for leading this month’s event!
Thank you to all our volunteers that shared the morning with us and to Lori and Rachel for leading our activity this month! We cannot wait to share more memories in 2016.
We are sad to report that St. PJ’s was forced to cancel our event for this month due to all the children being off campus the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Although we are sad that this is the first month we will not be able to spend time with them, we are blessed to have the opportunity to serve these beautiful children and ask that you please keep them in your thoughts as many will be away from their families for the first time during this holiday season. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and hope to see you at our December event scheduled for December 26!
This month we had a mini-Halloween bash with the kids of St. PJ’s. The kids and volunteers played numerous games inside, including bounce off, cookie face, scoop it up and stack it up. We also moved the fun outside where there was face painting and competitive games of corn hole, toss the chicken and bingo. Thank you to all our volunteers that came out and made the morning a success. Also thank you to everyone that brought candy! All the extra candy was left with St. PJ’s to share with kids that were not able to join us. Finally, a special thanks to Stephanie who brought her exchange students to host some of the outside games and the ladies of Kappa Delta Chi. We hope to see you at our November event!
Our event this month was a volleyball clinic hosted by Kathy. The girls and volunteers were divided in two groups where they learned to bump and set a volleyball. After we were taught the volleyball basics, we then moved on to a few volleyball games. Many of the girls never played volleyball so it was a learning experience. Our activity ended with a sweet treat of ice-cream sandwiches, popsicles and brownies.
A special thank you to Kathy for leading an awesome event this month and providing ice-cream sandwiches and popsicles for the girls and volunteers. We would also like to thank ALL our volunteers, including Kappa Delta Chi Sorority for coming out and spending your morning with us. We are truly making an impact together and hope that you know how much you mean to the children of St. PJ’s and Chicktime SA Central!!
This month Chicktime SA Central had its very first tea party with the girls of St. PJ’s. Our tea party was led by Chef Krista of Krista’s Culinary Creations. As the girls arrived, they were escorted to the first station where they designed their aprons for the cupcake station. Many of the girls asked the volunteers to sign their aprons to remember the time with us, which was so meaningful! Next, the girls moved to the second station and decorated a cupcake with an assortment of toppings. The girls were then escorted to 3 tables full of dresses and hats. They were able to choose any dress and/or hat to wear for the tea party. Some of the volunteers even joined in the fun and wore dresses and hats too! The girls had so much fun choosing their dress and a dress for the volunteers.
Finally, it was time for the tea party! Chef Krista wanted the girls to feel special and feel like they were at an actual tea party, so the volunteers served each girl a choice of a Georgia peach tea or a mint tea and tea sandwiches. One of our volunteers was also kind enough to bring doughnut holes for the girls and volunteers to snack on while they mingled at the party. It truly was a wonderful morning and so nice to relax and really interact with the girls. The girls were so thankful and expressed how much fun they were having; there were even a few “I love Chicktime!” (This made our hearts swoon!)
Chef Krista could not not have done a better job setting the standard for a proper tea party! We are so thankful for Krista hosting this month’s activity and all our volunteers, including Kappa Delta Chi Sorority that came out and spent their morning with the girls. We truly cannot do this without you and hope you realize the great impact that we as a group are making with the girls of St. PJ’s (#StrongerTogether)!! We hope to see you at next month’s event hosted by Kathy!
We had so a great time with the girls this month! Our activity was led by Lynda. Lynda taught us how to make wallets out of decorative duct tape. The main pattern was zebra stripe, but the girls had a choice of other colors such as green, pink and blue to complement their wallets. The girls got super creative and made flowers, bows and hearts out of the duct tape to add that special touch!
Thank you so much Lynda for leading such a great activity. Also a special thanks to all our volunteers that came out to make the morning extra special. We hope to see you again August 22nd for an old fashioned tea party!
We had a great Saturday with the girls of St. PJ’s. Kecia led this month’s activity, which was a movie morning. We were able to use St. PJ’s movie room, which provided a mini-at home theater feel. The girls and volunteers watched “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” which is based off of a book by Ann Brashare. This is a great girl power movie that touches on friendship, sisterhood, self-esteem, pride and loss. The girls were able to snack on popcorn, candy and soda while they enjoyed the movie. Thank you so much Kecia for leading our activity this month and all the volunteers that helped make the morning a success! We hope to see you at our next event on July 25th.
Stephanie led this month’s Chicktime activity. The theme was trivia games and sundaes! Stephanie brought her beautiful mom, Ms. Bernadette and a few girlfriends to help host our May event. We were able to hang out with 34 girls that showed up with their game faces on!
The morning began with a hula hoop chain, which is an icebreaker game where we had to attempt to weave a hula hoop through a series of connected bodies (us). The wonderful thing about this game was that everyone participated, including, the St. PJ staff. (Great idea Stephanie!!) After the icebreaker, we then moved on to board games. Stephanie set up 6 tables with various games. Ms. Bernadette hosted the two tables that were set up for the Spanish-speaking girls. The girls were able to choose from: Taboo, Jenga Guesstures, HedBanz, Pictionary and Apples to Apples. The morning ended with sundaes! The girls were able to choose from vanilla or chocolate ice-cream and an assortment of toppings, including sprinkles, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whip cream and cherries.
Although it was Memorial Day weekend, we had a wonderful turn out of volunteers to help make the event a success! Thank you so much to everyone that came out and spent time with the girls of St. PJ’s!! We hope to see you in June.
We had an AWESOME time at our April event with the girls of St. PJ’s Children’s Home. This month’s activity leader was Laura. Laura led us in a challenging, but FUN bootcamp workout with Fiesta music. Laura brought her sister, Angela and friend, Roseanne to help guide us and let’s be honest, kick our butts! We started the morning off with the first set, which consisted of a ladder drill, jump in jacks, air squats, frog jumps and jump rope. After the girls finished the jump rope, they rolled all the way back to their line on a gym scooter (not as easy as it may sound). The next set consisted of another ladder drill, push-ups, lunges, bear crawl and jump rope. Again the girls rolled to the back of their line on a gym scooter. We took a short break and snacked on fresh strawberries, cinnamon apples, small portions of pound cake, muffins, and juice. Laura then had us do line sprints (flashback to high school athletics anyone). These girls were fast!! Finally our morning ended with a spoon game. We had to balance a cascarone egg on a spoon. If you dropped the egg, we had to do 20 push-ups! We even had some of the St. PJ staff join us, which is always fun! You know you’ve had a great time when there was a 98% participation rate with the girls and most importantly, the girls did not want to leave!!
Thank you Laura for leading this month’s event. It was so much fun! We would also like to send a special thank you to Ms. Lori and Rachel for bringing the snack and juice. Also, thank you Aran and Kathryn for translating for us. Finally, thank you to all our volunteers!! We are a sisterhood and truly cannot do these events without you and your participation.
We had an AWESOME time this month with the girls of St. PJ’s! Our activity was hosted by Ms. Steph of Steph’s Line Dancing. Ms. Steph taught us four line dances: Cupid Shuffle; the Wobble; Dade County Dip; Bunny Hop; and L’Argent. Steph made sure we understood the steps before the music started playing. When Ms. Steph said “GO TO WORK” that meant you better dance and shake what your momma gave you! There was a moment when Ms. Steph was not impressed with our free style moves….so screech music stops and she reiterated what “GO TO WORK” meant, we regrouped and WENT TO WORK, lol! A few of the St.PJ’s staff also joined in for the fun. The girls loved it!
We also had a special appearance by Miss Earth Eco USA. She helped translate Ms. Steph’s dance instructions to our Spanish speaking girls.
Our snack was graciously provided by Ms. Lori and her daughter Rachel, which consisted of DELICIOUS rice krispies treats (that were on a whole other level), along with juice and water. (Thank you Ms. Lori and Rachel!)
Thank you again Ms. Steph and her friends for leading our activity this month! Finally, thank you to ALL our volunteers that came out and line danced with the girls of St. PJ’s. We hope to see you at next month’s event!
Please join us March 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at St. PJ’s Children Home. Our activity for March will be hosted by Steph and we will be doing LINE DANCING!!!
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This month’s activity was led by Alamo Rows Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America. We learned basic knitting and crocheting stitches. The girls were divided amongst tables along with our volunteers. Alamo Rows graciously provided each girl and Chicktime volunteer with a ball of yarn and crochet needle. The ladies of Alamo Rows then demonstrated to each table the various stitches. It was a very relaxing morning despite the cold and rainy weather. We would like to thank the ladies of Alamo Rows and ALL our volunteers that showed up for our knitting party despite the weather. We had a wonderful time!
We hope you will be able to join us on March 28th for Steph’s Line Dancing!
We kicked off the new year with a PiYo activity with the girls of St. PJ’s. Many of our girls and volunteers had never done PiYo so we did not know what to expect. However, after about 10 minutes into our activity we were feeling the STRETCH and knew this was going to be a challenging workout!! Following PiYo the girls enjoyed delicious fresh fruit kabobs courtesy of Mary. The morning was topped off with a quick game of Hedbanz. Thank you to all of our volunteers that joined us this month and especially those that brought extra yoga mats for the girls. We hope to see you at February’s event.
Chicktime SA Central had a great time with the girls of St. PJ’s. This month’s activity was a goal setting bash! We did not find out until the night before the event that most of our girls this month would be Spanish speaking, so we had some challenges but were blessed to have a few of our volunteers speak Spanish. A special thanks to Lynda Ramos who helped explain the instructions to our Spanish speaking girls!
We started the morning off with an explanation of the importance of goal setting. Each girl and volunteer received a sheet of paper where we started the process of brainstorming and mapping out our goals. Each girl also received a pink folder that contained goal setting worksheets that they could also use to assist them in mapping out their goals for the New Year. After our short brainstorming session, we then moved on to creating our goal/dream boards out of magazine clippings and power words. A hot chocolate bar was also set up so the girls could enjoy a sweet treat during our goal setting bash!
Chicktime SA Central’s November activity was led by Diana along with her friends, Stephanie and Alexis. The girls rotated between three tables of fun, which consisted of a yummy s’more making station with an assortment of juices, a Thanksgiving themed game of Bingo and finally a face painting station. The morning ended with a tricky game of drawing a turkey, let’s call him Mr. Gobble Gobble. Sounds easy right? Well try drawing Mr. Gobble Gobble on a plate …. on top of your head – not so easy. It was a challenging task that our girls and volunteers stepped up to. We had a lot of great versions of Mr. Gobble Gobble, but 2 girls came out on top with their stunning interpertations of Mr. Gobble Gobble. Between bingo and the Mr. Gobble Gobble challenge, the girls won prizes of giant bars of Hershey chocolates and Hello Kitty bracelets and mini note-pads! Thank you so much Diana, Stephanie and Alexis for making this month’s activity a hit!! We had a such great time and would like to thank all our volunteers for coming out in the rain and spending time with us. We hope to see you at our December event!
The chicks of Chicktime SA Central had a wonderful time at October’s event. Laura Shanahan and friends led our October activity with pumpkin painting and games. Some of the St. PJ’s staff even joined in for the fun. Our chicks painted pumpkins while listening to Halloween music. We also played a few games, including musical chairs. The competition was fierce. It was such a an awesome experience to watch the girls and our volunteers interact while the creativity flowed. It was a reminder that these are our girls and the massive impact we as women can make on their lives with positive interactions and encouragement. We truly felt blessed to be a part of the girls’ day. We would like to thank each and every one of our volunteers that came to spend the morning with us and the girls! We hope to see everyone at November’s event.
Our September event was a great hit. We had a last minute change to our scheduled event due to a conflict in schedule. So instead of kickboxing, another volunteer, Alanna Young stepped up and led a bracelet and headband making party with beads. The rain did not damper our party or prevent our volunteers from coming out! The girls had a great time and made beautiful bracelets and headbands. We also played a game of charades which was hilarious and entertaining to say the least. The girls did not want the fun to end and many of our volunteers were in the same mindset. It was so AWESOME to see the same faces of some of our beautiful girls who remembered us from our August event and expressed how much they enjoyed spending time with us.
We cannot express how GRATEFUL and THANKFUL we are for all our volunteers that came out in the rain and shared this wonderful time with us! As I stated prior to the start of our event, Chicktime SA Central cannot do this without you. THANK YOU EVERYONE!! We cannot wait to see you again for October’s event!!!
THANK YOU to everyone who showed up and made this an awesome event and experience for the St. PJ Chicks!
Welcome to Chicktime San Antonio Central (a/k/a Chicktime SA Central). My name is Dawn and I am honored to present another Chicktime Chapter in the San Antonio area serving St. PJ’s Children’s Home. I have always had a passion of helping others and volunteering through Chicktime has provided me with the opportunity to feed that passion and help those in need.
I am a strong believer that every person can positively impact another individual’s life whether we are aware of that impact or not. This is why I love Maya Angelou’s quote, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is so true in my personal life. My grandmother (pictured with me above) has been my biggest advocate and cheerleader in life. She has loved me, shown me grace and has been by my side through good times and bad times. She has inspired me to overcome personal obstacles and achieve my goals. Every child deserves a cheerleader like this in their life and someone to believe in them. Chicktime is a sisterhood of women within a community that share their love and compassion for others, and like my grandmother, strive to mentor and empower young girls.
My vision for Chicktime SA Central is for our chapter to ignite a spark of creativity and hope in every child’s life that we touch; to inspire and impact their lives in a positive manner and for our children to walk away from our events feeling empowered with a sense of belonging and love. We want our girls to dream big and think big! Chicktime is a great organization for anyone who would love to give back to their community and enjoy enriching the lives of women and children.
We welcome you to join our sisterhood and family. Please click the “subscribe” button below and fill out the web form to join our chapter by selecting San Antonio Central from the drop down menu. This will add you to our database and you will receive news updates and invitations to upcoming Chicktime SA Central volunteer opportunities. Please extend our invitation to join to your friends and family. **Please note that before serving St. PJ’s Children’s Home, you will be required by the center to fill out a few forms, including permission for the center to run a background check.
I look forward to serving alongside of you.
For more information, please contact: Dawn Gayden at email@example.com