Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade come to Our House after school, where they are greeted by hugs and smiles from our staff and committed volunteers. Students enjoy a healthy snack and talk about their school day. After their homework is complete and they read a book of their choosing, the students enjoy being outside for a game of gaga ball, swinging, shooting basketball or simply spending time together.
Our younger students participate in a recreation program that meets twice a week with the goal of developing good sportsmanship and confidence, a love of movement and healthy lifestyles - all while engaging in recreational games and activities.
It is our joy to come alongside students to encourage, support and set them up for success in school, and beyond. Our pathways curriculum provides resources to help our teens develop life skills and set personal goals, as they move through junior high and high school. Students have the opportunity to explore and sign up for extracurricular activities and volunteer work, take career aptitude and personality tests, create a personal resume and practice interview skills. Those who plan to attend college or trade school receive guidance regarding admission requirements, courses of study and the application process. Others may intend to enter the workforce after high school and want to explore options for gainful employment in fields that provide training and the opportunity for advancement.
Many of our students are active members of Girl Scout troop 7047 that holds its weekly meetings at Our House for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. They have especially enjoyed earning the Outdoor Art, New Cuisines and Eco Camper badges. Troop leader, Judy Prior, has led the girls on several camping trips to Chewacla State Park and Kamp Kiwanis Girl Scout Camp on Lake Martin. The investment these girls make in earning badges, selling cookies, and going on field trips and camp outs truly strengthens their character, knowledge and skills.
At Our House, we strive to show the love of Jesus and to share the Good News through prayer, Bible stories or small group Bible Study, depending on the age of the students. Vacation Bible School and Student Retreats provide the opportunity for more in depth discussions of scripture and application of biblical principles to daily life. We pray that God is using these sacred times to draw our students into a personal relationship with His Son.
1st - 5th Grade Summer Camp
Summer Camp at Our House is a kid favorite. Our students in Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in fun filled days that begin with breakfast, a devotional and fitness. They also take part in various activities including art, music, nutrition, science, sports, and health, as well as book club and academic enrichment. Fridays are for fun and this means field trips, open gym time and opportunities to explore all that our city and Auburn University has to offer.
6th - 12th Grade Experience
We capitalize on time during the summer to expose our middle school, junior high and high school students to new and different experiences, which we hope will inspire their thoughts and dreams for the future. Their time together is structured around education, fun and service. Our goal is for these students to learn a new skill, discover opportunities for personal growth and give back to the community, while having fun and making memories together.
After completing an application and interview process, 7th-10th graders have the opportunity to work for Our House on Set-Up, Take-Down, Kitchen, or Yard Crew. Students who serve on a Work Crew meet regularly to discuss the workforce, money management, and professionalism.