February 16, 2017
Building community with the Redwoods Kid's Club
The Redwoods Kids' Club composed of (front row, from left to right) Nathan, Ethan, Anissa, Zori, and Yesh. At the back are their ever-supportive parents.
Any parent would know
that there is nothing more important than the safety and happiness of their
children. This is why a perfect home should be spacious with admirable
facilities at the same time possess a safe environment with nurturing community
where children can learn, enjoy, and form good relations.
This is the kind of
place that families at DMCI Homes' The Redwoods now come home to. In the true
spirit of community, parents and children at The Redwoods have come together to
pioneer The Redwoods Kids' Club, an organization run by the resident children
With the guidance of
the community's parents and the support of DMCI Homes' property management
office, the Redwoods Kids' Club was launched in May 2016, and has since been
hosting regular meet-ups and events, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween
Party, and a regular Share-a-Bike program where children are encouraged to
share bicycles and teach each other how to ride.
Since its launch, the
Redwoods Kids' Club has grown to a membership of over 60 kids. They have also
formed the Kids' Club Council, a team of five resident kids who conceptualize
and spearhead the club's activities. The council members, consists of Anissa
(7), Zuri (6), Yesh (9), Nathan (9), and Ethan (11), have their own set of
skills that they are eager to share with their peers in the community.
Yesh, who will be
sharing his athletic abilities in soccer and badminton, said that being part of
the Kids' Club gives him something to look forward to outside of school.
"You can play with your
friends, experience something, and have fun," he shared, explaining that The
Redwoods gives him more space to play compared to his school campus, where they
can only play in the waiting area.
At the same time,
Ethan, who will be teaching his fellow members how to play basketball and
musical instruments, shared that he enjoys the Kids' Club because it gives him
and his friends time off gadgets.
"Some of my friends
play with me every day. Some of them keep playing gadgets. I don't like that.
Sometimes it's very violent, sometimes you can't focus on your studies," he
said. In fact, one of the objectives of the Kids' Club is to provide an avenue
where children can enjoy and have fun without technology.
"As parents, there's a
growing concern about gadgets, our traditional values are disappearing. We want
to make sure that despite the advent of gadgets and technology, our kids grow
up groundedâ€¦we wanted to expose them to physical activities that we experienced
when we were growing up," shared Kristine Layaoen,Anissa's mom.
She added that another
reason why they put up the Kids' Club is to optimize the space and facilities
they have at The Redwoods. Apart from having their regular events, they will
also be putting up a Kids Corner at the Redwoods clubhouse. The corner will be
a space where children can hang out, exchange books, and hold workshops and
Kids' Club meet ups.
you see that the clubhouse is more for grown-ups, so why not dedicate a corner
for the kids?" Layaoensaid.
far, the future is bright for The Redwoods Kids' Club. In addition to their
Share-a-Bike program, their other regular activity is the Sunday Playdate,
where the basketball court is opened exclusively for use of the kids. In the
pipeline are plans to hold small bazaars where children can learn the value of
entrepreneurship by selling simple things such as lemonade or baked goods.
ask members of the community to teach. We'll try to come up with ways to pay
(the kids) so they know the value of money, the value of working. It's also an
opportunity for those with small businesses, for the community to help them
grow their businesses as well," Layaoenadded.
Kids' Club activities allow kids to interact with their peers, as well as bond
with their parents. But in addition to that, it allows the parents to bond with
each other as well.
the Kids' Club, the parents are also being united as one, so it builds a
community also within the Redwoods," said Yesh and Zuri's mom, Josephine
Samantela. "Because the kids know each other and play with each other, the
parents get to know each other as well."
Indeed, the Redwoods
Kids' Club is community-building at its finest, affecting not only the members
of the club, but their families as well.
As shared by Nathan's
dad Noel Luciano, they eventually dream of setting up groups for everyone in
the Redwoods Community.
want to have a Teens' Club, a Senior Citizens' club, a Helper's Club. We want
to offer something for all the residents. Couples, daddies, mommies, and singles
-- everyone will have one," he said.
With the active
participation of both the residents and DMCI Homes, this vision is not far from
being a reality in the future. For now though, the focus remains on making the
Kids' Club thrive.
As Samantela said, "this is
all for the love of our kids."