Reflecting on a Dynamite Summer

This summer at Family Connections was one for our children and families to remember. With things safely opening back up across the city, our Summer Academic Enrichment participants were able to enjoy their summer with exciting activities and field trips. So many things changed in the lives of the children — mask-wearing, social distancing, etc. — but the children adapted to every change, and proved how resilient they are and continue to be.

In the photo above, SAE participants visited Yerba Buena Square for bowling and other fun activities. After this particular field trip, the children wrote thank you cards to their bus driver, Mr. Albert. He sent back a touching thank you card in return, writing,

“I don’t know how to begin to express what they mean to me. […] I told the children that being a bus driver is the best job in the world because every once in a while I get to drive a group like them.”

It is so amazing to know the impact our participants have on others! You can read the full letter from Mr. Albert on our social media pages.

What Made this Summer Dynamite?

The song “Dynamite” by BTS was the top-picked song every day for the children in the summer program; it got them on their feet, dancing, and singing! “Dynamite” quickly became everyone’s favorite song because it’s upbeat, fun to dance to, and has a super fun music video. The children and teachers even started to refer to SAE as a “dynamite” program!

Check out this piece written by our very own Education Director, Tina Tam, featured in DCYF’s Summer Together Initiative Blog highlighting what a dynamite summer our participants really had.