The week of a holiday always brings a special energy to the school that we love, and this week was no exception! In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the students made cards for their family and friends to share just how much they love and appreciated them in their lives. The girls made a flower out of hearts and the boys made the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with hearts; they all turned out so cute! When we asked the girls what they loved about Valentine’s day these were their answers:
- JJ loves VD because of the annual family dinner they have to celebrate the love they have for one another.
- Chantel loves VD because of the cards and flowers.
- Jill loves VD because she can give gifts to her family and friends to show how much she loves them.
- Melissa loves VD because she gets to spend time with her family and friends.
- Jessie loves VD because she loves to see everyone happy and caring for one another.
On Friday, (due to good weather) we had our Valentine’s Day party outside! We started out by decorating bags to put all of our goodies in. The students used hearts, markers, and their amazing creativity to make them. After finishing, they gave each other their gifts. The students were so thoughtful in their presents and cards they gave to one another. If there is one thing that is always in abundance at COHA, it’s love! Once we finished giving out our treats, the real party begun! The students did a heart scavenger hunt where they had to find 7 hearts with their names on them that were hidden throughout the yard. Some students were speedy quick and then turned around and helped others find theirs. Next, they did a Cupid’s arrow toss where they were given 4 arrows that they had to throw on targets with different points. The highest score was by Sam who got 24 points! I think it’s safe to say that Cupid better watch his back because the students at COHA might just put him out of business with their accurate aim! Lastly, the students did a fun memory matching game, Valentine’s addition. To top it all off, the students had a red and pink themed snack; raspberries, pomegranates, and bananas with homemade whipped cream. Jessie, Melissa, and Jill preformed the song “A Thousand Years” in American Sign Language that they have been practicing for weeks. Good job girls!! Overall, the day could not have been more fun or perfect. We are so grateful for all of our students, the amazing tutors, and our phenomenal board members who made it all possible!
This week our students have been talking about the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it blesses our lives and the lives of their loved ones. We heard beautiful testimonies from our students about how God has helped them overcome their fears, temptations, and find peace, joy, and love in their lives. We are so grateful for all the ways we have grown, and continue to grow because of the love we receive from our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Until next time, have an amazing week!