Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eat for a cause

Come eat at the California Pizza Kitchen ANYTIME on NOVEMBER 1st to raise money for the South Franklin Community Center. Just click on the image to the right to print the flier or mention the "South Franklin Community Center Fundraiser" and 20% of what you spend will go toward the Community Center. 

The Community Center was started and is currently directed by members of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.  AmeriCorps is a federal program of full time volunteers committed to fighting poverty.  VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members dedicate a year of full-time service to help develop communities across the nation.

Some programs currently in place at the Community Center are: tutoring, English class, Institute, Family Home Evening, playgroups, 12-step addiction recovery class, health class, Spanish class, kids fitness class, piano class, dance class, and book club.  Also associated with the Community Center is the South Franklin Soccer Program – a free soccer league for kids ages five to fifteen.

These groups and classes are the results of community collaborations and are mainly comprised of volunteers and donations.  However, there are things that we can not provide for that require us to get funding other ways. With the community center growing and more people getting involved, our needs are also growing.  We therefore ask if you would be able to support us in our goal to raise money for the Community Center, so that we can continue to supply the center and its classes and programs with the necessary materials.   

We hope that you will consider this opportunity to serve our neighbors. Please spread the word and/ or bring friends with you when you go to California Pizza Kitchen on Monday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tiny Tunes

Our Tiny Tunes class is back on our calendar for every Friday morning. This class is directed toward parents with small children who like to sing and learn. With fall upon us, the theme has been leaves changing colors, pumpkins, and scarecrows. The children have a blast learning different things like new songs, colors, numbers, and how to be a part of a group. 

One little, two little, three little leaves...
Four little, five little, six little leaves...
Seven little, eight little, nine little leaves...
We blow them all away. Whoosh!

Making a craft project.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Say cheese!

The 16th and the 23rd is picture day for the South Franklin Community Center Soccer League. We want to send a shout out to our sponsors who make this league possible. Thank you for making it possible for kids to be apart of the community.

 If you're attacking, you don't get as tired as when you're chasing.

Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.

 Our wonderful volunteer referees taking a break.

 Winning doesn't really matter as long as you win.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Play us a song you're the Piano Man"...and Woman...and Children

This fall we have had TONS of new classes start up at the Community Center. Here are a few pictures from our new Piano class, taught by Angela and Devin. Both of our teachers have been playing piano since they were little, and are well-qualified and very talented! Each week community members come and learn the basics of piano, and we look forward to seeing a performance at the end of this year.
For those of you who don’t remember how the community center got the piano (and for those of you who do remember) here is the article that will refresh your memory of the touching story:
The piano has been put to very good use, and not only during the piano class. All the kids who come into the community center can’t help but play a little tune or pound on the keys when they see it not being played!

This is Devin.
This is Angela.

Angela played a fun game to start of the class. She would play a note on the piano, then whoever had the blind fold on had to try and play the same note. This kind of activity will help the students with pitch and key recognition.

We are so appreciative of all our volunteers and donors who make the community center classes and events possible!  Thank you Angela and Devin!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Hey we've updated our Walmart Wish List, by clicking on the link to the right you can see our list to make a generous donation.

Thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and volunteers we are able to provide free classes to the neighborhood children and adults. We are so grateful for all the wonderful help we receive on a regular basis. Thank you and if you're considering making a donation please think of all the amazing people that would benefit from your assistance. All of the things on the Wish List will help us reach our goals by continuing to make the Community Center a safe and welcoming place.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Special thanks to Worldwide Books!

Last Thursday at tutoring in the Community Center there were enough volunteers for each child to pair up with and everyone was doing homework, reading or playing a game. We want to thank all our volunteers for making this possible. These kids are truly benefiting from mentors like you. We would like to express appreciation to our sponsor, Worldwide Books for providing our library collection for the Community Center. They have donated so many books in Spanish and English for the kids and families to enjoy. We thank you for making our library a success.