Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.
Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games. Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.
Seth Loersch and new friend Will DeNoyer consulted during pumpkin painting.
New friends Samantha Kluever and Ben Olson enjoyed the results of their time spent decorating cookies.
Kaitlyn Shadoski, Maddy Weisensel and Jennica Jensen began a friendship as they enjoyed face-painting and glittery slime-making together.
A table of Uno players enjoyed each other’s company at the New Friends event held at Lakeside Lutheran in October.
The manicure table was a popular activity at the recent New Friends event in the Lakeside Lutheran gymnasium recently. Two more similar events are planned for 2018 on January 21 and March 11.
Spontaneous dancing to toe-tapping background music proved to be a popular unplanned activity during the recent “New Friends” event at LLHS.
Dozens of teens joined with more than a dozen individuals with special needs for an afternoon of fun and games recently at Lakeside Lutheran High School in the first of three “New Friends” events to be held on campus during the 2017-18 school year. New Friends is a program under the auspices of Jesus Cares Ministries.
Basketball with new friends was a popular pastime during the recent afternoon event at Lakeside Lutheran.
Lakeside Lutheran teens set themselves up as human bowling pins for an impromptu and entertaining game of bowling at the New Friends event recently held on campus.
Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.
New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.
New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.
To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.