When Misumi said they wanted to host a team building event focused on goal-setting for its employees, we were happy to help. When we suggested that their folks practice working toward a shared goal through our Mission: Kids Care™ program, Misumi was happy, too!
The More, the Merrier!
We were scheduled to have 60 people in this event. Misumi booked space at the Hilton Garden Inn Dayton South-Austin Landing. It was going to be pretty tight quarters in a very small space, but we were okay with that. We ended up with 74 people! But make no mistake, this group fun and energetic despite the small room. We’re not sure anyone noticed that we didn’t have the right space!
Knowing our normal activities to divide the group into teams wouldn’t work in this venue, the facilitator gave everyone a glow stick as they entered the room. And then, after activating the glow stick, participants found someone with same color. Our Air Counting activity along with the five glowstick colors worked well to divide the group into the 10 teams we needed.
Then we started the activities to earn items to pack each team’s Mission: Kids Care™ backpacks. This program helps prepare students for school by ensuring they have basic supplies, like folders, notebooks, pencils, crayons, and more. Each child who receives school supplies through the program also gets a backpack to carry their school supplies and materials back and forth between school and home.
The mini games that we played earned teams a certain number of items based on their performance level. As a team, each group had to decide what items to choose first to start filling the backpack. At the end of the activities, no group had earned everything needed to fill a backpack. We connected that with the reality many families face in having to make difficult choices about what important things to provide for their children.
You could see the nods as the group recognized how hard that must be for parents. It seemed to hit home with a lot of folks; many of whom were parents, too.
A Job Well-Done in Miamisburg, OH
By the end of the program, Misumi’s ten teams completed dozens of backpacks. They were presented to the local Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center. Alicia Stollenwerk was clearly very grateful for the donation. She said the center would be able to help 30 families provide what their kids will need for school through the hard work of the Misumi team.