Read To Lead Academy Graduation And African Cultural Celebration Is July 18

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Read to Lead Academy graduation and African Cultural Celebration will be held at the Bethlehem Center in Alton Park July 18 at 11 a.m.  

The Beth students will showcase their art and multiple summer successes with the community. Students will perform songs, poems, music and dancing. Each student will also have their photography displayed. The program will be followed by an authentic Ghanaian meal with cookies and punch. A $5 donation is suggested for lunch.

ArtsBuild’s Community Cultural Connections Grant brought celebrated drummer Kofi Mawre and his wife Rebekah Mawre to teach African drumming and dance to all of the Bethlehem Center students.

The fruit of this partnership is easy to see in the students’ confidence, fitness and joy as they drum, dance and sing, officials said. 

The Bethlehem Center is a 93-year-old nonprofit organization that contributes to the community in a holistic way by offering literacy, character development, arts education, leadership training, economic empowerment and gang prevention programs to students in first grade through eighth grade in the Chattanooga area.  For more information about the Bethlehem Center, the graduation and celebration or volunteering, visit www.thebeth.org or call 266-1384 x1.

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