In the past two weeks, children from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta have been blessed with extended cultural and educational opportunities. First, approximately 60 children and chaperones from the Bellwood and Fuqua units have attended the Center for Puppetry Arts for educational trips. Both units have partnered with Mrs. Janis Abernathy to send groups of 30 to the local cultural center for an educational outing. The Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission is to “educate, enlighten, and entertain” both children and adults, and that mission was on display with the young people from the clubs. One of the highlights from the event took place when each child was given the opportunity to create their own puppets in a special workshop, and both watch and participate in a puppet show.
Additionally, storytelling has been a theme in the clubs as all youth in attendance on selected days were privileged to encounter members of the Southeastern Storytellers Association. Stories ranged from simple and fun, to educational and historical with a wide range of topics and information that effectively captured the attention and imagination of each child present.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta currently has three units in operation in metro Atlanta. Their purpose is to provide youth development services that promote physical, social, educational, vocational and character development for boys and girls in the community.