Boys & Girls Club Member Wins Fine Arts Competition

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta provides enrichment opportunities to hundreds of local youth around metro Atlanta. As members of the club, children participate in organized music, character building, art, and dance programs on an ongoing basis.

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs take part in the Fine Arts program, a comprehensive initiative promoting creativity in a variety of media as well as encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment. Rayna Middlebrooks, 17-year-old member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta-Bellwood Unit, won this year’s national competition. Her Multicolored Drawing titled, “Me & My Best Friend,” has been chosen to travel with the National Fine Arts Exhibit on a nationwide tour. In recognition of this great achievement, Rayna will receive a plaque and congratulatory letter from Roxanne Spillett, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Rayna has been a club member since 2005 and her passion for the arts has been developing ever since. “I love to volunteer at the club. It feels good to know that I am helping develop artistic talents of other members.”

Patrice McBurse Holt, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta-Bellwood Unit Program Director says, “Rayna is so talented. She leads a number of the arts and crafts classes for the 6-12 year olds at the club. She is currently in pursuit of art scholarships since her career goal is to become an art instructor.”

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta currently has three unit operations in metro Atlanta. Their purpose is to provide youth development services that promote health, physical, social, educational, vocational and character development for boys and girls in the community.


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