Parent Day at Orange Correctional Center began with growing excitement, a bit of nervousness, and 30 pumpkins. It came to a close with those same pumpkins showing the creative talents of kids and their fathers, smiles and tears, and our tradition of going around the room and asking everyone – children, fathers, volunteers, and staff – to share what they liked best about the day.
The four hours in between were filled with board games, corn hole toss (with pretty intense competition, as usual!), family pictures, pumpkin decorating, a book display that kids could pick books from, read with their fathers and take home, lunch prepared by the prison’s cook school, talk, laughter, and together time.
Thanks to Our Children’s Place for organizing the day, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough for hosting the caregivers, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group for donating rolls for lunch, and Trader Joe’s in Chapel Hill for donating pumpkins. We were excited to learn that the pumpkins won second place in the Coastal Horizons Center’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
Of course, Parent Day could not happen without the dedicated team of volunteers who lend their time and talents and the OCC staff members who provide needed support!
–reported by Melissa W. Radcliff, Program Director for Our Children’s Place