USO Foster hosts L.E.A.P. family-activity program

USO Foster hosts L.E.A.P. family-activity program

by Alejandra Kwiatkowski
USO Foster

Camp Foster, OKINAWA, Japan – 2020 is a LEAP year and the USO Camp Foster staff is excited to make a year of it. The USO center hosted its first monthly family-activity program, “L.E.A.P.” (Learning, Engaging, Activity, and Play), on Tuesday, Feb. 11. L.E.A.P. is designed to bring service members and their families together and to help develop a close community through fun activities every month. The program originated at USO Camp Hansen and gained popularity with military families stationed near the northern Okinawa camp.

“This is a creative, fun, and community building program - we are very excited to bring it to our Camp Foster families and service members,” Alejandra Kwiatkowski, USO Camp Foster Field Programs Manager said. “The themes will be different every month, offering a creative opportunity to staff and volunteers. Also, by holding the program during lunch, it gives single service members a chance to break up their daily routine and have fun interacting with our younger military family members.”

L.E.A.P. is fun for all ages. During this month’s program, volunteers taught children how to make origami jumping frogs, an activity their parents also had fun doing. Kids were able to race their own jumping frogs, and those too young to make their own, still had fun playing with already made creations. Kids leaped their way outside and played with jump rope, leaping lily pads, sidewalk chalk and bubbles.

 “We enjoyed the L.E.A.P. event at the USO very much,” Julia Smith, mother of three girls ages 3, 2, and 2 months said. “We need activities like this in Okinawa more often, we appreciate everything the USO does. The USO is our second home, the staff all knows us.”

USO volunteers said they enjoyed preparing for the new event and sharing their time to support our military families.

 “I enjoy volunteering with the USO because it provides an opportunity to support the Marines, Sailors and families who are stationed Okinawa and may be away from home for the first time.” Mary Reynolds, a USO volunteer since August 2019, said. “The USO has an incredible staff that is welcoming and knowledgeable.”

The next L.E.A.P program will be on Wednesday, Mar. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What’s the theme for next time? A treasure hunt! For more information about the L.E.A.P. program, USO Camp Foster programs, or volunteering with the USO check out Okinawa.USO.Org or email campfoster@uso.org.

 

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