For Monet Critchley’s Self Expression and Leadership program project, she didn’t have to look further than her own life. As a single mother, she is acutely aware of what single moms have to deal with in their lives.
“Single mothers have a more difficult time than some may realize,” says Critchley, a Draper, Utah resident. “They rarely get time for themselfves, and children may go without any extra activities because of time and money constraints.”
In the Landmark Education program, Critchley created a project to address these concerns titled Soul 2 Soul, which was a special day for single mothers and their children.
“The event was an opportunity for single mothers to have a break. It’s important for single moms to take care of themselves so they can come home, be rejuvenated, and take care of the kids,” she says.
The Soul 2 Soul event was held May 31 at the Axis Dance Center from 1 to 5pm, and was free for single moms and their children aged 6 to 12. Mothers received a free goodie which included beauty and self-help items. While moms relaxed during the afternoon, the kids learned to sing and perform a song, which they did at the end of the afternoon for all their mothers.
This moving event was covered extensively by the local media, including KUTV 2, a CBS affiliate, the Draper Journal, South Mountain Living, ourcommunity.com, and LDS Living.