Jamming in Temple

Jamming in Temple

The Optimist Club of Temple in partnership with the Temple Recreation Department hosted “JAM in the Park” on Saturday August 19 from 10:00-1:00.

We recognized that students and families were struggling with the lasting impact of life-altering post-pandemic changes. The struggles were evident in our community schools, homes, recreation and relationships. As a result, the Optimist Club applied for and received a $1000.00 matching grant in the area of Childhood Health and Wellness from the Optimist International Foundation.

“JAM” is an acronym we believed would change lives by taking just a minute to breathe, listen, think, understand, rest and be.This community event was an opportunity to unite and join with local resource agencies to find help for physical, mental, emotional or financial struggles. Kids of all ages enjoyed physical activities, such as a trike-a-thon, obstacle course, cycle for smoothies, rock and face painting, interaction with public safety, making healthy snacks, etc. Parents visited resource tables such as FERST Readers, PASS(Partners Advancing Student Success), FCA(Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Sheriff’s Department, Optimist Club(fingerprinting children), Mental Health Advocates, etc.

We would like to thank the students, parents, resource representatives and all volunteers for making this “JAM in the Park” a success for the community of Temple.

Photography Contest for Students

Photographers for the contest should be students at any
age up through high school and prior to post-secondary
education. Students are asked to submit photos that
illustrate/exemplify one of the ten verses/lines of “The
Optimist Creed”. This contest’s purpose is to expose young
people to “The Optimist Creed” and our philosophy of
Optimism and to assist them with developing an interest
in the area of photography.

The GATEway District will hold the district contest at our August convention, with attendees voting for the district winners .  Clubs please try to have your contests finished prior to schools letting out for the summer, ( while still in contact with students).

*The rules give a lot of latitude to how clubs can hold their contest and what prizes they want to award .  Our district is allotting the same amount of prize money as last year: $125 for first place , $75 for 2nd , and $50 for 3rd  .

Clubs can contact Alan Flint, Activities Chair, with any questions: aflint@buckjones.com

GATEway Optimists