Gabriel Ledezma was given the opportunity to feed and pet the animals at the petting zoo.

Super Kids Enjoy BBQ Fun, Western Style

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News
On the evening of Thursday, January 29, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department hosted a Buckaroo BBQ for members of the Super Kids Club. The Recreation Department had an evening’s worth of outdoor fun planned for the Super Kids and their families, but things changed when the evening’s forecast for rain turned into more rain than anticipated.

The Buckaroo BBQ was moved indoors into a conference room inside the Salt River Community Building, which was decorated Western style. The Super Kids and their families enjoyed food and games with Recreation staff members. Those in attendance also enjoyed a nice BBQ-style meal: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, BBQ beans and cold drinks.

“The Super Kids know these events are planned just for them; this makes them feel proud and, most important, happy that everything in that moment is about them. The parents are appreciative, and they also deserve an evening to sit back and relax while the kids play and enjoy interacting with our Super Kids staff,” said Social Program Supervisor Teresa Masayesva.

Each table had a different game set up for the children, such as making a horse out of a foam noodle, buttons and sock; a calf-roping game, with a cardboard calf and a hula hoop; a game where children threw ping-pong balls into cups of water; a ring toss with plastic bottles and rings; and a petting zoo, which included various animals such as chickens, rabbits, goats and a horse. The children were also allowed to feed the animals.

Country music lingered in the air as the Super Kids enjoyed the company of one another. The two-hour event allowed for parents and families to network, and the children got to make some new “buckaroo buddies.”

The mission of the Super Kids Club is to provide adaptive recreational and socialization opportunities for special-needs children who may be unable to participate in other SRPMIC Recreation Department programs. The program is committed to providing a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that are safe and accessible and enrich the lives of the children who participate.

“We understand the stress a family can go through when caring for a child with a disability or special need. Our goal is to provide an environment for the kids to be themselves and have fun, while the parents can connect and have fun as well,” added Masayesva. The Super Kids Club has several events and/or outings scheduled for the upcoming weeks. Be on the lookout for flyers via intranet, Community boards, or emails to register Super Kids families.

For more information about upcoming Super Kids Club events or to enroll your child in the Super Kids Club, contact Social Program Supervisor Teresa Masayesva at (480) 362-6602.


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