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Canaan Community Development Corporation’s (CCDC) Sons of Issachar After School Academy will launch its annual fund-raising and friend-raising campaign at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2009. The reception will be held in Fellowship Hall at Canaan Christian Church, 2840 Hikes Lane. It will feature a program introduction, video presentation, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the Sons of Issachar through a dramatic presentation by participants.

            Established in 2001, the Sons of Issachar After School Academy is a nine-month program for at risk males ages 8 to 14 years in grades 3 to 8. It provides a program for learning, homework assistance, basic life skills and conflict resolution training. The 2009-10 program also has a component that has introduced the young men to the field of engineering.

“Currently 56 youth participate in the program. However, we realize there are many more that would benefit from the Sons of Issachar program,” said Robert Holmes III,  Academy Director. “But garnering resources continues to be a challenge.”

            Highlighting academic enrichment and homework assistance, certified teaching staff work with Academy students to improve math, reading and writing, and computer literacy skills. The students also participate in a series of activities designed to build problem solving and life skills, and increase positive decision-making abilities.

            The Academy meets Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and follows the JCPS calendar.  It incorporates parental or guardian involvement and supports the family unit as the fundamental building block to the child’s development. Parents are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled workshops and conferences designed to help them become stronger parents. Workshops cover such topics as health and hygiene, communication skills, discipline and more. Students are also matched with male mentors who support individual learning goals and personal development.

            The public is invited to attend. For additional information, call 776-6369.

  Presented to us from the desk of Graham Honaker, legislative aide to Kevin Kramer.

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