Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

CCA helps students spend summer exploring

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Central Community Association, Inc. is a not for profit organization focusing on providing organized recreational and educational activities and programs to enhance the lives of the families who reside in the tri-communities of Sibley, Heflin and Dubberly in the southeast portion of Webster Parish.

The organization consists of 11 Board of Directors, who through the grace of God and their hard work, built a 5000 square foot community center that opened in January, 2006 and provides more than 200 needy families with food monthly, provides back-to-school supplies to the students who attend Central Elementary and Lakeside Junior/Senior High School yearly, provides community health fairs and fire safety and prevention workshops annually, after school programs and so much more.

For the past five years the organization has sponsored a free Summer Day Camp Program open for all children in the tri-communities and the surrounding communities for grades 3rd – 12th.

This year's program attracted 50 students, six full-time volunteer teachers, four part-time teachers and a host of local community leaders, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies and corporate representation.

Educational and recreational activities included focusing on the core subjects and encouraged students to explore the whole world outside of the classroom through guitar lessons, photography, architectural design, graphic design, computer repair, dance classes and robotic classes.
The children planted a garden, enjoyed making jewelry –(even some of the boys enjoyed this class)- physical fitness activities, healthy eating tips and how to make ice-cream in a tin can are all activities explored by the campers.

The camp ended with 41 excited adults and children enjoying an educational experience of a life time.

The trip, which was organized by board member Jeanette Hill Williams, took particiapants to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Two days were spent in Washington visiting the U.S. Capitol, the national mall, monuments, museums and Arlington National Cemetery, and five days in New York, walking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, enjoying the jaw-dropping Broadway show "The Loin King", riding on Amtrak, the subways and more.






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