Change the World…with your SPARE CHANGE

Imagine the spare change from your next cup of coffee could help DEFEND POTENTIAL in Little Brothers and Little Sisters in Berks County! Pick any credit or debit card account and round up all of your purchases to the nearest dollar, and have your change donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA. It’s easy to register. Just go to: Spare Change for BBBS of Berks

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On-Line Activities while at home

May 21, 2020 – Let’s go to the museum!  In fact, let’s go to a number of museums!  Today’s On-Line Activities include links to a number of museums. The National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC has several virtual tours integrated directly onto the web. Using Web VR means that virtual visitors can utilise any headset, provided a Web VR enabled browser it used. The tours include both…

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Off-Line at Home Activities

May 20, 2020 – John Lubbock said, “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  With that said, today’s Off-Line Activities take a look at Points of View…how do things change when you look at it from a new point of view. Up, Up, and Away! – Have your child imagine they are traveling high in the sky with a hot-air balloon.  Ask them what they see…

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The Challenge

Happy Memorial Day! Memorial Day is the traditional start to the Summer season.  While things may be a little different this year, we still have a chance to kick-off the season — while honoring our fallen military heroes.  And that is where our BBBS of Berks Weekly Challenge comes in! Personally, I celebrate the lives of two fallen heroes:  my Dad (a Korean War vet) and my brother Michael,…

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On-Line Fun & Learning

April 30th – This is a good time to catch up on some reading, and you can do so on-line through eBooks.  Is Harry Potter your type of book or maybe the classics like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?  There is so much to explore at https://lapl.overdrive.com/ and you don’t need a library card to do it. If on-line stories are your thing, then https://storytimefromspace.com/library/ is another good place for you…

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Off-Line Activities

April 29, 2020 – The current COVID-19 situation has been an obstacle to our usual day-to-day lives, but obstacles can be fun too!  Let’s play Overcoming Obstacles.  Have your child sketch an obstacle course that uses blankets, boxes, chairs, and other household items.  Build the course according to the plan.  Practice moving through and around objects.  See any problems or challenges?  Modify the course, as needed, for a ton of…

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Together, We are DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL!

Based on current state and federal guidance, the BBBS of Berks office will remain closed through at least May 8th.  All in-person activities (including activities, interviews, and trainings) are cancelled, while the office remains closed. While the office is closed though, the BBBS staff remains hard at work to help our Bigs empower potential in our youth.   Staff for the most part is be working from home, and…

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BBBS of Berks Weekly Challenge

It’s time for the BBBS of Berks Weekly Challenge!  Current guidelines dictate that we all wear masks when we go out into the community, so for this week’s Challenge let’s Mask Up! Show us your mask…whether it’s a homemade one or one you purchased.  Let’s see what you look like in your mask. So go ahead and Mask Up and send your picture into Executive Director Jim Smith at JimS@BigsInBerks.org or…

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More Activities for Kids At Home

April 6th — Here’s some more off-line fun!  Give them a try. Artistic Antics Choose the oldest or youngest to start this drawing game and then have players draw in order of their birth date. Find a fairly large piece of paper and get out colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The first player begins by drawing a line, circle, or other piece of a picture. Each player adds to…

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Kids at Home

March 30th — Back to some more on-line suggestions.  Here’s some Art & Music sites for our Matches, Littles, and families to check out. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ https://www.incredibleart.org/links.artgames.html https://teachrock.org/ https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour https://switchzoo.com/ Enjoy!  And remember…stay home, stay safe, and wash those hands. ____________________________________________________   March 27th — OFF-LINE FUN Up until today, we have passed on some great on-line activities for our Littles, Families, and Bigs. But how about some off-line fun….

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