Kids in the Loop
Kids of Inmates Deserve Support
Blankets for Bonding
Kids in the Loop partnered with a local high school to purchase and pre-cut 70 no-sew fleece blankets. The blanket designs included Disney princesses, camouflage, baseballs, basketballs, ladybugs and other attractive kids’ designs. Northeast Reintegration used the blankets for a family event and mother and child teamed up to tie their blanket. These children left with a blanket to wrap around them when Mom’s arms weren’t available. Grafton Correctional received the other half. Tyro Dads organized and managed the distribution of these blankets combining other activities for father and child during visiting the week of December 16th.
Approximately twenty families took advantage of Book Connections, a program that supplies the same title book to both the inmate and their child. The inmate and guardian can fill out a form, supplying the child’s age and gender. Using Amazon, the book is delivered to both the parent and child along with suggested activities for the two to “discuss” the book. Titles are chosen with the child’s age and gender in mind, but also something that lends itself to discussion. For example, Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo discusses friendship. Conversation starters could be: My most marvelous companion is _____; Our favorite thing to do together is _______; Some ways we are alike are_______; Some ways we are different are ________; Sometimes we argue about ______; But we always make up because ___________. Click here for a form.
Working with the Aquatics Club, Kids in the Loop supplied funds to purchase a very large aquarium and fish for the visiting room at Grafton Correctional. The Aquatics club has done a wonderful job keeping the tank clean and fish alive! Both children nd parents have enjoyed it!
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Ideas for Future Projects
Back to School Family Day: Inmates’ children will be provided with backpacks and needed school supplies. Activities to prepare for a successful school year will be available to parent and child.
Parent Created Book for Child: The inmate parent will be provided with materials, instructions and ideas to make a book for their child. This could also be provided as a workshop. Emphasis will be on positive bonding with child via the book.
Any ideas or feedback is not only welcome but encouraged!