Project Rise Hosts Dinner Theatre for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Fun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the playFun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the play

 

On April 25th, several families experiencing homelessness were able to experience a special Dinner Theatre Event hosted by Project Rise and First United Methodist Church in Akron. This special event was part of the Project Rise PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program.

The PACT program is just one of several special programs under Project Rise. The PACT program is one of the core programs for Project Rise because it meets the educational, social, and cultural needs of the students and families served.

Project Rise is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to youth experiencing homelessness. So far, close to 1,900 students have been identified and served by Project Rise for the 2017-2018 school year.

Children made fun crafts with the Akron Summit Co. Public Library!Children made fun crafts with the Akron Summit Co. Public Library!

 

Attendees of the dinner theatre event enjoyed a wonderful dinner provided by the church and activities provided by several community partners and a performance of American Tall Tales. The lively play was performed by actors from the Magical Theatre Company of Barberton. Attendees also participated in educational arts activities that correlated to the show. The dinner portion of the Dinner Theatre Event was coordinated by Kathi Bastron, Richard Seeger and the team of volunteers at First United Methodist. Tables were set up with decorative floral centerpieces and beautiful place settings.

 

Mark Reaman of Project Rise helps serve the meal alongside Richard Seegard of FUMCMark Reaman of Project Rise helps serve the meal alongside Richard Seegard of FUMC

 

Before dinner, participants had the opportunity to visit the giveaways table and craft tables. A representative from Akron’s Main Library, Kathy Marten and Sarah Deisler provided special Tall Tale crafts that delighted attendees of all ages. Chuck Bell of Children and Books (CAB) of Akron had a giveaway table in which each child was given a new book!

Project Rise interns Sara Sutorius (Left) and Cassandra Milham (Right) pass out giveaways to the familiesInterns Sara Sutorius (Left) and Cassandra Milham (Right)
pass out giveaways to the families

 

The giveaway table was hosted by the Project Rise Spring interns, Cassandra Milham and Sara Sutorius. Giveaways consisted of several items that had been donated to the program and included: hygiene products, socks, books, APS tote-bags and special flannel pillowcases that were made by students from North High School.

The special Dinner Theatre event was organized by Rachel Breece and Amanda Smith of Project Rise alongside and Kathi Bastron of FUMC. Ms. Breece and Ms. Smith help coordinate the PACT Programming throughout the school year.

Project Rise looks forward to sharing more PACT events with the families and students. Project Rise especially thanks Akron Community Foundation for its generous financial support of the PACT Program. For more information about Project Rise, please contact Rachel Breece at 330-761-2969 or rbreece@apslearns.org.

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