Canaan Outreach Center concludes successful summer program

August 14, 2013 in Lifestyle, Local News, News, Top Stories

By Journal Staff

Canaan Outreach Center, 1333 Western, has concluded its summer program for youngsters.
The program, which ran six weeks, concluded with a visit and performance at Cedar Point on Monday, July 29.
Danielle Boyd, of the  Center, helped prepare the children for their performance at Cedar Point. She said the kids will do praise and hip hop dancing, a skit and sing.
“To be able to perform in front of so many people takes discipline and focus,” Boyd said. “But I have confidence that they will do well.”
Shawna Hutchinson, 12, was excited about going to Cedar Point, but said she was nervous about performing in front of so many people.
Not everyone felt that way.
“I’m not nervous,” said Omari Moore, 10. Moore is a veteran of the Cedar Point trip. He has performed five times over the years and says it’s no big deal.
Moore also said he had planned to ride every roller coaster at the park.
Canaan Outreach also hosted a banquet Thursday, July 26, at Walbridge Park. The students performed skits, songs and a group dance they learned over the summer in front of their families.
The guest speaker was Minister Chris McBrayer of Glass City Church of Christ.
McBrayer said he was going to tell the youngsters about how to avoid tragic situations and if they were involved, how to get out.
“If we can train our kids to respond it will give them another way,” he said, instead of reacting negatively to verbal and physical confrontations. “We have to be proactive to preventing that from happening.
“We have to get the parents to realize it takes a village to raise a child.”
Litisha Easter, program advisor, said the 44 students received certificates for completing the summer initiative.
For more information about the Outreach Center, call 419-244-5700.