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Enrich. Empower. Embrace.

Creating safe, accessible social opportunities 


The Mission of the Valley Friendship Club is to promote and provide safe, accessible social opportunities while fostering friendships. To this end, we aim to enhance community connections, empower club participants to strengthen important life skills, and create greater social independence.


Songs with Jeff Dayton

Poetry Pieces

“How I Roll” By Wes

I used to play soccer – that is how I kick

I used to run track and field –  that is how I sprint

I bowl with St Croix Valley Lumberjacks – that is how I strike

I bowl with special needs adults – that is how I score

I used to golf – that is how I club

I play adapted indoor floor hockey – that is how I stick

I play ice hockey – that is how I skate

I used to horseback ride – that is how I stride

I do and always enjoy swimming – that is how I stroke

I play bocce ball – that is how I pickle

I play basketball – that is how I shoot

I play baseball – that is how I hit and run 

I play football – that is how I catch and defend


“Mom” By Jade

My dear Mother

You are my hope

I hope that you

spend time with me

You are my light of day

You make my life special

Family, love and life

You are my angel


“When I’m Older” – Beth

I want to be a singer/songwriter

when I grow up

or a camp counselor when I grow up

I’m a singer

I want a great year

Someday I want to marry someone when 

I’m older

I want to continue to dance


“Spirit Halloween” – Chad

This year I want to have fun on Halloween

With costumes, makeup, and masks galore

I always look forward to this holiday



“The Call of the Sea” by Wes

The call of the sea is soothing and relaxing

It’s waves really are very engaging

Going over them with a boat

Really is very fun

Swimming through them is very enlightening 




“Dad” – Maya

My dear Father, you are my big buddy

I hope you spend time with me always

You are my loving father

You are my father to go watch movies at the movie theater

You are a part of my life 




“Chad” – Hannah

I Have a Boyfriend named Chad. 

He makes me Laugh and smile.

He makes me giggle





“Dear God” by Jenny

Dear God

It is hard for me 

to leave Camp Castaway

due to the Covid

I kept it strong

for all around the world

to make a better place

I think about every day

It makes me sad

P.S. I kept it together to stop the Covid

Love Jenny

“Althlete” by Livia

I work two days a week

Feels like I’m an athlete

Coffee car, mocha mondays 

I’m always on my feet


“At the Beach” by Carlie Kothe

I love having fun with my family

I love playing in the ocean waves

I love making sand castles

I love seeing dolphins

I love a sunny day

At the Beach I am Happy!



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”