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Donate School Supplies to The Patch: Help a Child in Need

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Now through August 2nd, The Cabbage Patch is collecting donations of school supplies to support children and families as they prepare to go back to school this Fall. This “Back to School” supply drive is one of the many ways individuals and groups from the community can get involved at The Cabbage Patch and help at-risk children and families in a real and tangible way. “Every year, we see a tremendous need for school supplies among our families. Through these donations we can really ease the burden as they prepare to send their children back to school,” said Doug Holm, Senior Family Support Specialist for The Cabbage Patch. Earlier this month, Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church donated 75 backpacks filled with supplies to the Supply Drive, and just a week later, 4th and 5th graders from Second Presbyterian Church’s  Camp “S.O.S.” (Summer of Service) donated another 50 backpacks filled with supplies. Other service organizations, like the newly-formed “Glosi” (Greater Louisville Outstanding Service Initiative) Girls are collecting supplies to contribute too. Below are lists of our most needed supplies. If you are interested in donating, contact Counseling & Family Services Support Specialists Doug Holm ( or 753-4434) or Calvin Holloway, Manager of Counseling & Family Services ( or 753-4423).  Most Needed Supplies 1″ and 2″ 3-ring Binders (3 ring 1 inch, 3 ring 2 inch Colored Pencils Composition Notebooks Two-pocket Folders (with and without metal prongs) in solid colors only Graphing Paper Hand Sanitizer Highlighters (all colors) Notebook paper (college ruled & wide-ruled) Pens (black, blue, red) Pencils (#2 pencils, no mechanical) Protractor and compass Spiral notebook  (1 subject, 3 subject & 5 subjects, college ruled & wide ruled) Other Needed Supplies Backpacks (no wheels) for younger and older students (we especially need backpacks for middle/high school) Calculators (middle school level) Dictionary (paperback) Crayons (8 count, 16 count, 24 count) Erasers (Block erasers, pencil top erasers) Giftcards (Walmart, Office Depot, etc.) to be used to buy graphing calculators Glue (glue sticks, Elmers Glue) Index cards (3”x5”) Kleenex – boxes of kleenex Markers (Crayola classic markers, washable) Pencil sharpener (handheld) Pencil zipper bag or pencil box Rulers Scissors (blunt tip, regular tip, left-handed also) Thesaurus (paperback)  ...

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“Some of the Most Engaging Years of My Life”

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Alumni Stories, Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Vernon Wolfork began attending The Cabbage Patch as a 15-year-old in 1994. “It is hard to believe the amount of programs I did in the relatively short amount of time I was there,” he said. “I started off just roaming the halls, playing pool, and going on canoe trips. But my first summer, someone saw potential in me. I was hired on the Fun Club staff: my first job with my own paycheck. After summer, I became involved in the High Adventure Club, Patch Poets, Teen Club, Drama Club, Photojournalism program, and others.” Vernon’s involvement in Drama Club and Photojournalism Program allowed him the experience of performing in the Kentucky Center for the Arts and to spend a summer at a WKU in the photojournalism program. Vernon went on to attend WKU, UofL, and then became an Army AH-64D Helicopter Pilot. Today, Vernon is a Captain in the U.S. Army. “Outside of my family I tended to be a wall flower. Once I started getting involved with The Patch, I had to come out of my shell,” Vernon said. “I was put in leadership roles, and expected to make judgment calls on the spot. The Patch fostered a sense of accomplishment, not because of the recognition but because it was contagious. I found as I did better my peers stepped up with me… I was not alone in failure or success.” Vernon described The Cabbage Patch as the epitome of a “Melting Pot.” “The history is as rich as the future I came to know—some of my most engaging years as an adolescent. The history was not just in the buildings or the photos but in the stories of the mix of families that went and continue to participate there,” he said. “The Patch fostered a sense of accomplishment, not because of the recognition but because it was contagious. I found as I did better my peers stepped up with me… I was not alone in failure or success.” “I can look back on my years there and wish I could go back and do it again because it was such a great time,” he said. “However, I have found a way to keep ‘Winning in Life’ even away from The Patch. I have become actively involved in giving other children a chance to experience what I have through camping, tee ball, reading clubs, and mentor­ship. I have two sons of my own, two nephews, a niece and 100 soldiers I am responsible for. I make it a point to demonstrate the skills I learned while at The Patch, whether it is cooperation skills learned during High Adventure or organization skills and patience from trying to round up 15-20 first and second graders for a field trip.”...

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Medieval Day Camp Teaches Patchers “Noble Ways”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Medieval Day camp gave Cabbage Patchers a week of  learning about fencing (safely, with foam “swords”of course), catapulting and “noble ways” including heraldry. This first-year camp, allowed Educational Opportunities to add something new for returning campers. Overall, the camp was focused on teaching art and history. Campers learned about heraldry and what the symbols and colors used in medieval times represented. Then they were able to design their own heraldry based on how they each wanted to be seen. One of the activities during the week included making their own catapults from wood, nails and PVC pipe. Experimenting and trying new things was essential to building a successful  catapult. Children and youth in the Medieval Camp also brought out their culinary skills at the end of the week and cooked for 39 people in Holladay Hall, including their parents, another camp group and each other. The meal they prepared included roasted chicken and root vegetables: food items used in Medieval times. In addition, “medieval mac and cheese” was made for the picky eaters, Mayghin Levine, Manger of Educational Opportunities, said. Since the campers had been talking about sanitation, they decided to call their brownies “mud pies.” The power of “knightly and noble ways” became clear on the first day of camp, when one boy was misbehaving and almost got in a fight. A counselor-in-training pulled him aside to talk about his behavior. “He told him he had to act like a knight, and after that the camper was one of the best behaved kids throughout the rest of the camp,” Mayghin said. That camper was not the only one who walked away with more “knightly ways,”  by the second day of camp many of the campers were encouraging each other, to be more, “knightly” and “act more...

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Cabbage Patch Garden Grows Thanks to Girl Scout Volunteers

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

The courtyard at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House was bestowed with beautiful beds of new flowers, thanks to a special project coordinated by 6th and 7th graders from St. Margaret Mary Catholic School & Highlands Latin School who are members of Girl Scout Troop #233. “The Girl Scout Silver Award is earned at the Cadette Level in Girl Scouting,” said Sherri Sprau, GS Troop #233’s leader.  “The girls must follow the award guidelines, as outlined by our local Kentuckiana Council, to complete a community service project. They are encouraged to find out what the needs in their community are and to look for issues that compliment the need with their own areas of interest. Our Girl Scouts met and presented a number of community service project ideas, and after much consideration, decided to build raised garden beds for a local organization.” The Girl Scout Troop chose The Cabbage Patch as the recipient of this project because they wanted the project to benefit children their own age. The project took three days to complete: on the first day, the Girl Scout volunteers built the flowerbeds and filled them with soil; on day two they planted flowers; and on day three they put down weed cloth and more mulch on all three beds. The Cabbage Patch thanks Girl Scout Troop #233 for enhancing the beauty of our courtyard and giving our children, youth, and adults a piece of nature to enjoy! See more photos of this volunteer project on...

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Patch Parents Treated to a Cooking Challenge

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

On June 21,  Patch Parents were treated to new and exciting program-and a challenge-when volunteers from Yum! Brands took over The Cabbage Patch courtyard. With individual tables set up for each family team, Patch Parents were told they had 45 minutes to cook a healthy meal together with ingredients graciously provided by Yum!. “So you mean…we really have….to COOK!?” one little boys astonishment at the task made everyone laugh a little. When the timer was set, each family quickly got to work. All of the ingredients provided represented ingredients families might have at home, and the exercise encouraged families to work as a team while learning more about creating healthy, sustaining meals at home. The end results were impressive…and delicious. See more photos from the program on...

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