Every week we develop creative and engaging programming for the children that is therapeutic or educational as well as entertaining. Our activities are a platform for social interaction, an opportunity to learn new skills, and, above all fun, for the participants.
Cooking: Each week we prepare a different snack, choosing recipes that are fun to make and eat. During the year we have world-renowned chefs who come and teach us how to make pizza, ravioli, sushi, vegetarian dishes, and other delicious recipes.
Crafts: Our crafts are designed to be fun and creative, and provide a chance to use fine motor skills. Many of our crafts are chosen to complement our community service program. We have made dog toys for the Guide Dogs of America and children’s activity books for families receiving groceries from SOVA Food Bank. During Pepperdine University’s recent Step Forward Day, we worked with Pepperdine students to create an organic garden for the MJC&S Preschool.
Music: We start and end each week with music, which is a favorite activity for all of our participants. Singing and making music brings us together.
Community Service: Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, makes us whole again. When we reach out to others, we also reach within ourselves and grow as individuals and as a community. Everyone in our program participates in several community service projects, such as our support of the SOVA community food bank” and Shane’s Inspiration, a playground for people with disabilities. Every year we prepare food for Thanksgiving dinner that serves people who are homeless. Our commitment to community service is based on the understanding that people of all abilities have something to offer others, and Hand in Hand provides this opportunity. We also take fun field trips during the year to different Malibu parks, to the beach, and to Disneyland, among other places.