Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Field trip to Medieval Times

Methodist Children’s Home School students got a close-up look at the Middle Ages through a recent field trip to Medieval Times in Dallas. As part of their studies on the time period, 24 freshmen and sophomores traveled to the venue on Nov. 7 to learn more about feudal society. The students were part of Mr. Preston Powell’s World History class.

Medieval Times is an attraction in Dallas that provides an interactive educational experience featuring a meal and show depicting a “games of skill” tournament. Spectators dine on a medieval-style feast and learn about knighthood and chivalry as actors playing knights show their horsemanship skills and compete in a jousting tournament.

Mr. Powell said he wanted to take his students on the trip after receiving several questions during his classroom discussion on events of the medieval tournaments. He said while he was answering their questions, he kept thinking about his previous experience at Medieval Times. After learning that only one of his students had been to the venue, he became interested in taking the whole class for an afternoon trip.

“The main thing I wanted them to take away from the trip was the experience of what a medieval tournament would have been like,” Powell said. “They were able to see that there would have been contests on horseback as well as jousting and sword fighting. They were able to see the attire and customs of the Middle Ages. This type of firsthand experience really helps students to understand what life and customs were for people of the Middle Ages.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Core Value Award for Growth - Kim Dooley

Each year Methodist Children’s Home recognizes staff members who exemplify the Core Values of the organization. Staff are nominated by their peer and are recognized at an all-staff meeting during which the Core Awards are given.

The Core Values for MCH are:
Christian Principles

Kim Dooley, case manager in the Albuquerque Outreach office, received the Core Award for Growth. The recipient of the Core Award for Growth is defined as someone who provides opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

According to Dooley’s nomination, “Kim has embraced the duties of her job with enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn. During her first year, we increased our staff and moved to a larger office, and Kim was supportive and helpful throughout the process. Once we got settled into our new office, Kim really began to grow. In recent months, she has shown a growing interest in engaging in the work we do with families, and she helps facilitate a Nurturing Parenting class. Another way Kim demonstrates growth is by initiating, planning and organizing a Kid’s Fall Craft Day. Kim has planned the crafts for the kids, made arrangements for festive snack, and created the invitation. Finally, Kim recently offered to attend a resource fair in our community on a Saturday to offer support and be a representative for MCH. Kim is a strong, compassionate and dedicated teammate who supports our work with families. She offers a rich and valuable perspective and she is a fun and energetic friend.”
Dooley has worked for MCH since February 2013. “I was shocked when I heard my named called!” remarked Dooley, “It is such an honor to have been recognized.”

Alicia Carter, director of the Albuquerque Outreach office, and Dooley’s supervisor, had this to share: “MCH could not have selected a more worthy candidate. Kim is a real blessing to us here in the Albuquerque office and MCH. We are grateful for her and enjoy her company very much.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FFA class competes in Holiday Classic

On Nov. 8-9, 23 MCH School FFA students competed in the Holiday Classic livestock show in Belton, Texas. The show is an educational event hosted by County Extension Agents in District 8. See below for a list of results.

GoatsClass 1: Chris – 5th; Tamika – 10th
Class 5:  Ladarius – 10th
Class 6:  Alex – 10th; Kiyanna – 17th

Class 2 Southdown:  Jess – 4th; Iyana – 5th
Class 1 Medium Wool:  Hawa – 1st

Heifer Class 3:  Star – 3rd
American Steers:  Justice – 2nd
Exotic Steers Class 3:  Damion – 2nd, Justice – 3rd; Raymond – 5th

Duroc Class 3:  Prince – 4th; Julio – 8th; Chyce – 9th
Duroc Class 4:  Jacob – 4th
Hamp Class 2:  Sonja – 5th
Hamp Class 3:  Marvin – 8th; Diego – 9th
Cross:  Noah – 5th; Nick, Drennon, and Mikayla participated

Also, Raymond won a set of clippers in the door prize drawings that will be used by all students to help prepare animals for future shows.

“This was the largest group that the Methodist Children’s Home has sent since I have been the ag teacher,” said Steve Kruse of MCHS. “I really enjoyed watching the students show and improve every time they show.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Staff attend TBRI training

MCH staff are ready to share their knowledge on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) after a five-day training in Fort Worth Oct. 13-17.  Twenty-one staff members from Waco, Boys Ranch and the outreach offices attended the TBRI Professional Training Program on “Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting” children from hard places which prepares participants to train others in the childcare method.

TBRI is an intervention model of care for a wide range of childhood behavioral problems designed for children who have experienced relationship-based trauma. MCH partnered with Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development to implement TBRI into our everyday care. Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross of TCU developed the strategies and principles of TBRI and led the five-day training.

Before attending, each participant took a neurotransmitter lab test and submitted to a two-hour phone interview about their childhood in order to determine their adult attachment style. This allowed them to see what each child in the program goes through while also providing insight into their own lives in order to help prepare them to care for traumatized children.

All staff who attended the training in Fort Worth began pre-coursework from July 28-Oct. 6 and will also be responsible for 11 weeks of post-training beginning in November. After completion, the staff will be certified to teach TBRI to other staff.

“It was a wonderful experience and we all walked away with more knowledge about TBRI and new skills to bring back to our programs,” said Philana Hollingsworth, case manager for MCH Family Outreach in Tyler. “It was a time to get to know others working in our line of work and to reflect on the true purpose of why we do what we do... to offer hope to children and families.”

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MCH Family Outreach staff in the community

MCH Family Outreach staff from Lufkin and Waco spent the weekend of Oct. 25-26 connecting with the community at local events.

On Saturday, the Lufkin outreach staff participated in the Fall Festival at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lufkin where they had a booth with information about MCH and invited children to create bird feeders. On Sunday, staff participated in “Trunk or Treat” at First United Methodist Church. “Trunk or Treat” is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating where children can walk from car-to-car in the parking lot to collect candy.

“Outreach staff enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship with local churches and the community,” said Diana Landeros, administrative secretary for the Lufkin Outreach office.

In Waco, staff joined other organizations in the area for World Hunger Relief, Inc.’s Fall Farm Day. World Hunger Relief, Inc. is a Christian organization whose mission is “committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world.”

Farm Day is a community event where families from all over Waco and the surrounding areas visit and explore the World Hunger Farm. The day is packed full of events ranging from horseback rides, a petting zoo, goat milking demonstrations, hay-ride tours, and storytelling. In addition to the many family events, the World Hunger Farm invites community partners to share their services with everyone in attendance.

“This year, MCH Family Outreach was thrilled to be represented at such a unique community event,” said Brett Greenfield, case manager for Waco outreach. “The Waco Outreach office had the opportunity to share information about our services both with families and other community partners. And just for fun, we even had a jewelry making station for the kids. MCH Family Outreach is always looking for opportunities to be present in the Waco community, and Farm Day was a unique and fun way for us to do just that!” 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ag show in Clifton, Texas

On Saturday, Oct. 25, eight youth from the Waco campus and Boys Ranch participated in the Crawford FFA show in Clifton, Texas. Stephen Kruse, agricultural sciences (ag) teacher, and James Fairchild, assistant ag teacher, were proud of the youths’ hard work. Although many of the youth and goats were still in need of more training to be show-ready, they gained valuable experience and showed great potential during the event. 

“This was the first time any of the youth had ever attended a goat show and we placed four out of six goats,” explained Kruse. “In the heifer show, Star has emerged as one of those youth that can handle and show any species of livestock. Mikayla showed a calf for the first time and did a good job. I feel that this was one of those shows the youth may have learned the most.”

Below are the results from the Crawford show:

Class two exotic heifers – Star, 5th place
Class three exotic heifers – Mikayla, 2nd place
Class 1 lightweight goats – Chris, 4th place
Class 1 lightweight goats – Tamika participated
Class 3 lightweight goats – Abby participated
Class 5 middleweight goats –Ladarius, 3rd place
Class 6 middleweight goats –Alex, 5th place; Kiyanna, 6th place

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commissioners Event and Golf Classic 2014

 It was a busy and exciting weekend at Methodist Children’s Home on Oct. 17-18. On Friday afternoon supporters teed off for our second annual MCH Golf Classic fundraiser. Then Friday evening, commissioners arrived on the Waco campus for dinner and the Homecoming football game followed by Saturday educational sessions and a luncheon. Commissioners are MCH partners from churches in Texas and New Mexico who advocate for MCH in their communities.

Nineteen teams competed in the MCH Golf Classic. The four-man scramble tournament began with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco. The team of Chris Goss, Todd Glaseman, Jaime McCoy and Josh Ludy won the tournament and received trophies and golf bags as their first place prize. Other prizes included gift cards for area restaurants, golf clubs and gear, and special items handmade by MCH students in the agricultural sciences program. Players learned more about MCH through signs displaying facts about the ministry placed at several tee boxes on the course.

A special thanks to our silver sponsor Insurors of Texas; bronze sponsors Northwest Optimist Club, John W. Erwin General Contractors, Patillo, Brown & Hill, and Naman Howell Smith & Lee;  and Integ who sponsored the banners and hole signs for the tournament. Food and beverages were provided by Rudy’s BBQ, Coca-Cola and Chick-fil-a.

The Heart of the Matter
Friday evening kicked off the two-day annual Commissioners event. The theme this year was getting back to “The Heart of the Matter.”

Forty-nine commissioners gathered at the pavilion in Heritage Park on the Waco campus for a presentation and dinner to learn about how they can help support the ministry. Commissioners heard from MCH alum Jimmy Hammond who announced the donation of the lights at the football field. After the dinner, commissioners joined other MCH Bulldog fans in the stands to enjoy the Homecoming football game versus Wylie Prep.

“Friday night proved to be a great way for our commissioners to experience our ministry in action,” said Lyle Mason, director of benefactor relations.

Saturday morning, commissioners returned to campus for a morning of educational sessions from MCH leadership. The speakers presented updates on how lives are changing through MCH Family Outreach and residential services programs.  The new logo was also introduced and, as Mason explained, “reminded us that ultimate transformation comes with the cross at the center.” To conclude the event, commissioners and staff attended a luncheon at Johnson Student Center where MCH President Tim Brown gave an informative speech about an emerging method in childcare used at Methodist Children’s Home through our partnership with Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development called Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI is an intervention model of care for a wide range of childhood behavioral problems designed for children who have experienced relationship-based trauma.

“We wanted to make sure our commissioners walked away knowing how much we appreciate their friendship and advocacy,” Mason said. “And, we hope they left feeling connected, equipped and enthused to share the MCH story with those in their community.”

Click here for a photo gallery of the MCH Golf Classic 2014.
Click here for a photo gallery of Commissioners 2014.