SOAR aims to set up a number of projects that support interaction within and between whanau/families.

The inaugural project which is currently being trialled in a school in Lower Hutt is the Bags of Awesome project. Bags of Awesome (BOAs) are weekly packs of fun resources and information that are sent home with each child in a class. The overall purpose of BOAs is to reconnect families through meaningful engagement. In tangible terms, this means promoting togetherness as a family via fun activities, promotion of community events and resources, conversations at mealtimes and cooking/baking challenges. We believe that the long-term benefits of quality family interaction will be reduced family violence and other abuse, and stronger and happier families and communities.

To support the Bags of Awesome, we would love to create an online social networking app that connects pre-teens with their peers in their class at school, their family and their local community.

In addition to physical ...
SOAR aims to set up a number of projects that support interaction within and between whanau/families.

The inaugural project which is currently being trialled in a school in Lower Hutt is the Bags of Awesome project. Bags of Awesome (BOAs) are weekly packs of fun resources and information that are sent home with each child in a class. The overall purpose of BOAs is to reconnect families through meaningful engagement. In tangible terms, this means promoting togetherness as a family via fun activities, promotion of community events and resources, conversations at mealtimes and cooking/baking challenges. We believe that the long-term benefits of quality family interaction will be reduced family violence and other abuse, and stronger and happier families and communities.

To support the Bags of Awesome, we would love to create an online social networking app that connects pre-teens with their peers in their class at school, their family and their local community.

In addition to physical weekly packs and an online app, SOAR would like to design regular events that bring families together locally. Within Walking Distance (WWD) events are those held within or near schools, so that families can easily attend. They may involve using school amenities, or local playcentres and community halls, parks or students' own houses. Events could include board games challenges, Nerf gun competitions, working bees followed by BBQs, or more innovative events similar to www.epro8challenge.co.nz/ etc.

The overall aim for all SOAR projects is to be sustainable, both environmentally, and financially. The Bags of Awesome are very sustainable in that they are reused and recycled via rotation within a class at school. Once the students move up to the next level, the packs can then be given to the next year of students. This is similar to a toy library system, but the strength lies in the fact that the packs are sent home via the student's class, therefore families do not need to travel to a library to source these activities, or spend money.

WWD events are also sustainable in that they use local, often free or cheap, and under-utilised facilities, and avoid the need for families to use transport.
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