Mandy Goodwin

Paper Mache Balloons at Camp Peace

Last week, we also had our first summer project with Camp Peace, a program offered by the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Another event lead by the wonderful Mandy Goodwin, we started work on a paper mache project that we’ll finish up next week. The project entails creating a hot air balloon out of paper mache from which campers will hang positive affirmations about themselves. It’s a creative and engaging way to foster confidence and self-love in youth.

For the first part of the project, our volunteers mixed paste, cut newspaper strips, and blew up balloons for all the campers. The kids then covered their balloons in around three layers of paper mache. Afterwards, we set them all out to dry so they would be ready to go for part two next week. It was a bit of a sticky mess, but the campers had a great time! 

For the second week, once the balloons had been given enough time to harden, students popped the deflating balloon, and were able to paint the outside of the hard shell in bright rainbow colors. We made the basket out of a cup, and wrote affirmations on strips of paper to attach to the base. It was so beautiful to see the pieces coming together, and the kids were so excited!! 

Dragons in Decatur

Another fantastic Monday with the "elite eight" - as we are calling the wonderful preschoolers we are working with each week at Our House Decatur. Today we had the pleasure of expanding our knowledge on pen pals and friendship while listening to Mandy Goodwin read "Dear Dragon" written by Josh Funk. This project turned out to be especially colorful, with an abundant amount of rainbow dragons and enthusiasm from the kids. Yet another week that these students have created beautiful projects of their own. We are always impressed by their creativity and artistic abilities! 


Mixed Media Portraits at Our House!

Our last week with Our House Decatur was dedicated to celebrating our differences! Instilling the importance of self love is vital for all ages, especially pre-schoolers. Mandy Goodwin read "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers, and our last project was mixed media portraits. This project was the perfect ending to the past few weeks. Since we had the opportunity to connect and learn with the "elite eight" - as we called the kids we had worked with week after week- watching them celebrate themselves in this last project was beyond rewarding and inspiring. Each child is so unique, just like their portraits. We have loved working with Our House Decatur and we are now excited to begin the transition of working with Our House Atlanta for the rest of the summer!