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Super Kids Program Presents Back-to-School Glow Carnival

Whoever gets the rubber duck to the finish line wins! Youth enjoyed using the straw to blow the floating ducks to the finish line, as crowds cheered them on.

On August 31, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department hosted the Super Kids Back-to-School Family Night and Glow Carnival. Super Kids and their families gathered for a night of fun at the Salt River Community Building gymnasium.

“We have a lot of fun going on here. We really took into consideration our Super Kids and the various disabilities that they have, and we created something fun for all of them to enjoy. It’s good to see them having fun with their families,” said Social Programs Supervisor Teresa Masayesva.

The gymnasium was filled with all kinds of activities. Various Community departments participated by setting up booths with games, such as glow-in-the-dark bowling, glow-in-the dark ring-toss, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, basketball, tic-tac-toe and more. Children also played a game of cakewalk, but instead of winning traditional sweets, they received school supplies. There were also plenty of food, snacks and glow sticks for everyone in attendance.

Super kids and their families emjoyed a night of games, food and fun.
Laughter echoed throughout the gym as the Super Kids played tag, shot a basketball or won a prize while standing on the winning number during the cakewalk. Cheers would vary from each station as the Super Kids and their supporters played.

The Super Kids program is designed for families of children with special needs. It provides opportunities for fun and physical activity for the kids and socializing and networking for the parents/caregivers.

Super kids and their families played a game of cake walk, instead of winning cake, they won school supplies.
“We hosted this event because we want the Community to know that we are always looking for more families [to join the program]. We know there are more families out there that could use our assistance. Right now we have about 15 active families. If you have a child with a disability, give us a call and we can walk you through the process,” said Masayesva.

For more information on the Super Kids program, call (480) 362-6360.