Clouds were dark and dramatic and the wind was fitful when 20 youth from the Partners mentoring program released their kites, anxiously coaxing them into the sky March 16. There was the expectation of rain but it didn't stop these eager mentees and Nexus youth from reeling out the string and keeping their eyes fixed on the kites they had decorated and assembled earlier that afternoon.
Longtime Partners supporter and Senior Partner Jim Allen of Cedaredge researches and test flies a new design every year for this popular and long-running annual activity. Allen and several Partners volunteers and staff came prepared with surveyors' tape for tails, more string, and strapping tape to make battlefield repairs to the large Tyvek kites. As you might expect, there were a number of collisions, tangles and broken strings, but only one kite was lost to a neighborhood roof and one to the wind!
Partners of Delta, Montrose & Ouray and Art Partners provide monthly activities for children enrolled in the local mentoring program. Nexus children, those enrolled but still waiting for a mentor of their own, are able to enjoy free activities like this one. The emphasis might be on learning a life skill like cooking and presenting a nutritious meal, learning a recreational sport like bowling, miniature golf or swimming or just enjoying the decoration and construction of a durable kite. If you know of a child who could bene-fit from the presence of another caring, interested adult in his or her life, an adult who can introduce them to a hobby, encourage them in their school work and making healthy life choices, please contact the Partners offices at 874-4661 in Delta or 249-1116 in Montrose. If you are the person who would enjoy the influence of a youngster in your life and you have three hours a week to share, call Partners for more information and an application.blog comments powered by Disqus