Renton Field Office Celebrates End of School Year
July 8, 2019
Renton field office staff help a family color a sun visor with markers at the End of the School year event. (Alexandra Barton, DOC Communications)
Games and music took over the Renton Field Office for the End of the School Year event, held in late June. There were a variety of activities presented by staff, including corn hole, coconut bowling, and even an obstacle course. Once the families had completed each activity, the children received a goody bag filled with prizes to take home. Those serving community supervision time and their families were given a ‘passport’ to complete by visiting each of the activity booths and earning a participation stamp.
“We love to put on as many events like this as we can because we know how important they are to the families and the kids that come to them,” said Heidi Ellis, coordinator for the event.
Ellis said that her team came up with a list of ideas for events to host each year. Once an event is approved, staff begin planning and preparing. Reentering the community can be a big transition, so Ellis hopes these events can make a difference for the families attending them.
“Even if we don’t get a good turn out and only one or two kids can come, if they have fun and enjoy themselves, then it makes it all worth it,” Ellis said. “The smiles and the bonding time between the families, that’s all that matters to us.”