For kids in the St. Paul’s neighborhood, SPRINT is a fun place to be in the summer. The SPRINT program provides a free nutritious lunch, as part of the Neighborhood Meals and Enrichment Program, followed by free educationally-based activities and special field trips. Our program offers a safe learning environment and enthusiastic staff with a mission to help kids have a safe, fun summer.
SPRINT meets Monday - Thursday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, June through August.
Registration is required. Registration forms are available at the church office beginning May 9th. Registration priorty is given to St Paul's FOCUS program children and their family members first, then it is opened to Wellington Heights neighborhood families.
As part of St. Paul’s outreach ministry to our Wellington Heights neighbors, our mission is to provide a no-charge positive summer learning experience, through education, recreation, and community awareness, for at-risk children ages 4 to 12 living in or near this neighborhood.
For many children living in and around Wellington Heights, summer is mostly unsupervised. Children are often on the street, fending for themselves. Many come from difficult living situations—often with limited resources. SPRINT was created to help these children find safe, positive opportunities.
To achieve change in a neighborhood associated with high crime rates.
We work to create change, teaching our SPRINT kids that they can make a difference.
We teach values, giving back, knowledge of the community, and trust--trust in those who care: the police, the Safe Places offered through the CR Fire Stations, the churches, Johnson Elementary School, and the Wellington Heights Association.
We work to change attitudes--to bring hope and to show that if you stay strong, continue going to school, work hard, and believe in yourself, good things will happen.
We provide a wide variety of activities to enrich each child’s life through education, recreation, and community care. As part of St. Paul’s Neighborhood Meals and Enrichment Program, kids receive a free, nutritious lunch followed by SPRINT summer activities such as:
Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game and Summer Reading Program
Cedar Rapids Art Museum Introduction to Grant Wood - Kids Art projects
Cedar Rapids African American Museum – introduction to black community leaders
Linn County History Museum
Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Cedar Amateur Astronomers
Indian Creek Nature Center
University of Iowa - Field Museum and MacBride Hall
MacBride Raptor Center
MacBride Lake - fishing and pontooning
Cedar Rapids swimming pools - with swimming lessons
Cedar Rapids Recreation Center - art, music, and dance classes
Cedar Rapids parks - kickball, fitness trails, track and field, playground games
YMCA - basketball, soccer, racquetball, fitness fun - Olympic Days
Prairie Woods - nature learning
Wellington Heights gardens - planting, growing and cultivating crops
Cooking classes with HyVee dietitians - cooking healthy
Registration is required. Registration forms are available in the church office beginning May 9th. Registration priorty is given to children enrolled in the St Paul's FOCUS program, then it is opened to Wellington Heights neighborhood families.
For safety we request that the children wear tennis shoes or closed toed sandals.
All of our funding comes through grants and private donations. Because we provide our program free of charge, we are able to work with approximately 40 families each summer with a budget of approximately $20,000.
We hope to continue providing this program to the children of Wellington Heights every year, yet every year funding is an issue. We know we are needed in Wellington Heights and we know the families depend on us. That’s why we want to be around for a long time--to support each child that comes to SPRINT by building on confidence, courage, and belief in themselves. Each child is important.