Reynolds Center, CSCCE, and Visual & Performing Arts Collaborate on Summer Camp

Summer Camp, Supported in part Through The Providence Fund, Offers Reading, Writing, Theater, and Art Activities to Children of Buffalo's Fruit Belt Neighborhood


July 16, 2012



Contact:  Sharon A. Benz


                 Daemen College Center for Sustainable

                 Communities and Civic Engagement





           For the fifth consecutive year, the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs will collaborate with Daemen Visual and Performing Arts Associate Professor Christian Brandjes, Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement (CSCCE) Director Sharon Benz, to implement a two week summer camp titled “Learn, Create & Perform.” The camp will be located on the Daemen campus, 4380 main Street in Amherst. 



           The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 9-20, 2012.  The theme for the camp,  “Woodland Fairy Tales,” is based on four stories: The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Little Red Riding Hood.  Students entering third through sixth grade will participant. Grant funding from The Providence Fund of the Sisters of St. Francis will support participation of low-income children from Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood, including transportation to the Daemen campus. Reynolds Center Director Lisa Waterrose notes that there are 25 students attending the camp, 12 of whom attend the Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School and received a scholarship in order to attend the camp.



           The students will be provided with breakfast each day. Afterwards , the students will receive three hours of reading and writing instruction from eight Thomas Reynolds Center Graduate Assistants. This year's assistants are: Bridgette Burke; Kristin Duggan; Melissa Dukett;  DeAnna Lawton; Matthew McCall; Amber Penfield; Shannon Weber; and Heather Williams. Instruction will be based around the camp theme “Woodland Fairy Tales.” 



           Afternoons will find the students participating in theater and art activities.  Christian Brandjes will provide theater instruction, focusing on basic stage presence, the importance of facing the audience, speaking loudly and clearly, improvisation, narrative text, and a wide variety of activities focusing on the four stories. Brandjes will work with the students on the  development and rehearsal of a script for a play.



           Students in the camp will also have the opportunity to create the props, costumes, set design and scenery which will be used in the final performance of their play. Artistic instruction will be provided by Carla Reeves, Daemen Art Education graduate and Artist in Residence at Women and Children’s Hospital, and Ann Frank, Artist in Residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.   



           The final performance for the campers, based on the play, will be held 2 p.m., Friday, July 20th at a location to be announced in the coming weeks by the Reynolds Center. Members of the Daemen community are invited to attend a celebratory, fun, and heart-warming performance.

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