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Phew - almost to the finish line. In the middle of all of the fun and hardships entangled together, we hope that you have a great chance to spend a great final four days with your kids, party, and say goodbye <3

End of Summer Wrap Up Week, August 8-12
  • Monday: CAN-Wide End of Summer Celebration, August 8 at Gallup Park (more details in Announcements)

  • Tuesday-Friday:

    • Deep cleaning and organizing the activity bins and community centers to prep the space for After School Programs

    • An online survey will be sent out for all Summer Program Facilitators, Directors, and Interns to complete to offer feedback about your summer experience

    • Continue to touch base with Jamie and Libby who are making their rounds to connect with each of the Summer Program Facilitators

    • AmeriCorps VISTA is going to send out some VISTA-related wrap-up items into your AmeriCorps portals if they haven't already

    • Parent/Teacher Letters - Directors will explain this process; you will need access to a computer with wifi to work on these

    • Possibly a site-specific wrap-up party, if your team plans one

    • Anything else your Directors request to wrap up your time with CAN!



August Babies--It's almost your birthday!!! If you see someone with a birthday, send them your birthday wishes - especially before we end all summer camp festivities August 12.

  • Fayiza Nabilsi (Director of Bryant Market and Facilities), August 1

  • Rossi Clark (Bryant Intern), August 24

  • Shelbie Schwall (Brick Summer Program Facilitator & Intern), August 24

  • Preston Pierce (Hikone Summer Program Facilitator), August 25


Upcoming Events-

  • August 5 - CAN Closed (Our newly updated PTO Policy requires an org-wide closure the day after an educational program ends - here is our first one!)

  • August 8 - CAN-Wide End of Summer Celebration!!

    • Maas Shelter at Gallup Park, 11:30am-3pm: 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105


Everyone meet at the Maas Shelter at 11:30 and settle in

Eat lunch - Jerusalem Garden

After lunch, everyone will have an opportunity to explore Gallup Park, partake in any of the activities they have available, play some games or cards at the picnic shelter, or just relax! After lunch is meant to be a choose your own adventure.

What to bring

Drinks or water bottle

Comfortable clothes/bathing suit/towel etc. if you want to kayak


Dog if desired! (must be on a leash)

Any games you may want to play

Other important info

Don't forget a water bottle or drinks! BYOW!

Attendance is expected for summer camp staff

All of our staff meetings and CAN holidays are up on the CAN Google Calendar. If you are in our Google Group listservs (,,, & you should receive an invitation to any relevant staff meetings, events, etc.

  • If you are not in one of these listservs, please email so you can be added!

You can find a link to the CAN Google Calendar at (CAN Calendar).


Accessing Educational Summer Camp Training & Camp Materials-


Tips & Tidbits

Transitions are hard for anyone, but they can be especially hard for kiddos who experience a lot of transience. It's crucial that when we say goodbye, we do so with the students in mind.

  • Remind the students when your last day is so they can prepare for that time to come and think about how they want to say goodbye to you.

  • Saying goodbye can be a great opportunity to share how much the students mean to you. Making cards, sharing treats like candy, are a nice way to show you care.

    • Please do NOT give gifts outside of edible treats Please do NOT make promises you will not be able to keep ("I will come back and visit every week!")

  • Here are some messages that make saying goodbye a more positive experience:

    • Focus on the achievements the student made this semester

    • Express positive expectations for their futures and ability to do well

    • Let the student know they are always loved and valued no matter what

  • Help the students identify and name their feelings. "I am sad, too. I will miss you when I am gone. But, I am glad we got to know each other. You taught me how to keep trying at a problem even when it was really hard."


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