Making Music After School

While the weather has been cold and dreary outside, the kids at EOCC’s Youth Center have enjoyed warmth and creativity inside the Holley Community Center.Stockham’s Lumber of Holley recently donated materials for the youth to build African drum boxes (Cajon drums). Chad Fabry donated his afternoon and experience helping 9 of our youth carefully build their musical instruments. Deb Rothmund, Mary Furness, Leanne Serrato, and Alana Fabry stood by to ensure there were no musical mishaps. The project kept the kids busy for many wintry days, as they enjoyed painting and learning to play their Cajons. Bruce Stafford and Chaplin Fabry donated their time and talent as musicians, leading the youth in dynamic drum circle concerts.

The youth have also been writing and reading poetry this month. One of our poetry exercises was to “write a mini memoir, describing your life story in 6 or less words.”
Hannah Day, touched all of us with her memoir and play on words: “Growing from fears to fierce.” This concise line clarifies our mission at the youth center to create a safe, caring, and creative environment for our kids to grow confidence and well-being.

The Holley Youth are pleased to have Leanne Serrato, AmeriCops volunteer, assisting twice a week. Leanne is energetic and has some great projects planned. She will help
the kids organize their very own portfolios in March. She will also be teaching us about eco-friendly agricultural practices and talk about where our food is produced.

The Holley Youth Center has been operating since the summer of 2009. We are consistently growing and looking for new adult volunteers. If you have a skill or knowledge to share, our kids need you!  Please call (585)-638-6395.

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