2001-08-18 / Letters

Praise The RAA

Praise The RAA

Dear Editor;

My daughter Alyssa had the pleasure of going to camp this summer at the Rockaway Artists Alliance Camp Kidsmart. I found the camp to be extremely well run by the most devoted, artistic, creative and caring people I know.

My daughter looked forward to going to camp every morning and is saddened that it has ended after five weeks. She made a lot of new friends and showed that she has a creative side to her giving her a sense of self esteem… something very important for a child. I dropped her off every morning and watched from a distance as she ran to her counselors and hugged them… and they showed her the same warmth back. They encouraged her to be artistic and taught her many different aspects of art.

The camp is about much more than drawing and clay projects. She also learned about nature, yoga, music and learned about making friends. This gave my daughter an outlet to be creative, to use her imagination and to feel part of a group.

I am grateful to the RAA Camp Kidsmart program for giving my daughter a wonderful experience this summer. I feel the same was about the RAA Afterschool Art Program. I hope you’ll agree that there is a need for this program in our community. I can’t praise them enough for the wonderful work they are doing with our children.

BARBARA RIOS


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