Kevin Riding In, Social Recreation coordinator poses with participants in the SRPMIC Superkids Program.

Superkids to the Rescue!

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Thursday, September 19, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Superkids program held its welcome-back dinner at the Salt River Community Building. The Superkids and their families enjoyed an evening of fun, food and getting to know other Superkids and their families in a comfortable environment.

As unique as each child, the Superkids Program is also unique in that this program strives to create a safe and comfortable environment for children with serious physical or mental disabilities. For approximately 10 years, this program has been giving these children and their families the opportunity to participate in many different activities across the Valley.

At the moment, the program is serving 28 registered families within the Community. The Superkids and their families meet once a month for fun activities. Parents and caretakers are also given the chance to share resources and express their concerns or opinions (this is not a support group). The Superkids are usually engaged in fun activities that include arts and crafts, outings, games and sports. All activities are kid-friendly so each child can participate and not feel uncomfortable.

Upcoming events for the Superkids include an outing to Butterfly Wonderland, bowling, ZooLights and a Halloween Carnival, in which the Superkids Program will be teaming up with the Salt River Young River Peoples’ Council.

SRPMIC Community member families with a child with a physical or mental disability age 18 and under (program is flexible with age) are encouraged to apply anytime. For more information about the Superkids Program, call Social Programs Supervisor Teresa Masayesva at (480) 362-6602.

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