"I'm 14. I go to Francisco Middle School. Last year, if I got in trouble in school or something, [Josh] would make me do like 50 or 100 push-ups...just for getting in trouble. That's why I was like, I gotta get on top of myself..."
Watch Josh and Jessmen's story. It's one of the many Tel-Hi stories we hope you'll enjoy!
I attended preschool at Tel-Hi when I was growing up in North Beach, but I really got to know Tel-Hi a few years ago when my wife, Kate, and I got involved with North Beach Neighbors, a local community group involved in improving the quality of life in North Beach. Like many other community groups, North Beach Neighbors uses Tel-Hi's space to meet in the evenings. By coming into the center on a regular basis for meetings, we developed an appreciation of the broad range of services that Tel-Hi provides to our community. We also learned about the importance of Tel-Hi's annual dinner and chose to support this large fundraiser, as well as other projects. We felt fortunate to have our daughter, Carson, attend Tel-Hi's preschool for two years. Being part of the school allowed us to learn more about the center and deepen our commitment to its work.
We can see all of the good things that Tel-Hi does for our community. Aside from having our daughter in the preschool, we have neighbors who participate in the senior lunch program, know children in the after school day care program, and have a friend who is getting up to speed with computer classes - all at Tel-Hi! We can also see that the money we give to Tel-Hi has a direct and immediate effect on improving life in our neighborhood. Over the last year troubles in the economy have hit some families harder than others. Fundraising has become more difficult, while the demand for the services that Tel-Hi provides has increased. We made the decision to increase our financial support because we believe in the valuable things that are happening at Tel-Hi.
Thoughts on Summer Camp: "One of my fondest memories will be going to Raging Waters. I also liked learning and performing a song for the rock band CAKE. I liked the relay race--it was hard and fun. I had to jump, crawl, run, and shoot a basketball while sharing a giant T-shirt with a partner. We were competing with Lower [kindergarten through 2nd grade] and Upper won."