Improvising: A Picnic Delivery and Car Parade

Since we couldn’t have our Annual Field Day and Picnic, we forged a new way.

Every year, usually on the hottest Saturday in July, Hope for San Diego teams up with SDRT to put on a huge field day and picnic for our kids and their families on Ibarra Elementary’s gigantic, grassy field. From water balloon tosses to inflatable obstacle courses, there is an activity for students of all ages. It is a wonderful way to welcome in summer (finally!) and celebrate the end of an extra long (year -round) school year!

This year, we obviously couldn’t do this due to Covid so we delivered the picnic instead! Thanks to Hope for San Diego and Covenant Church, for providing the fantastic food, games, and incredible organization.

Once baskets were complete with Banh Mi sandwiches, chips, tangerines, water, jump ropes, decks of Uno, sidewalk chalk and more, TEAM SDRT and HFSD volunteers decorated our cars and headed out onto five routes to visit over 150 students! Honking horns, knocking on doors and shouting, “SURPRISE!” brightened up their day at home. Several parents came out and took videos as their kids received their ‘basket of treasures.’ It was a feast for the whole family!

Alexa, a committed tutor studying to be a teacher, led the elementary kids in a Zoom later that afternoon making Rube Goldberg machines!
What a spectacular team effort! 

TEAM SDRT is currently busy thinking outside the box to keep our kids engaged during these difficult times. We will continue to support our students and their academic needs while also creating unique experiences such as these starting again in the fall. Stay tuned. We’ll need YOU!

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About Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips is one of the founders of San Diego Refugee Tutoring and currently serves as its Program Director. She has four incredible children, many years of teaching experience, and a supportive husband who also works in education.

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