Casa Care wraps up school year with appreciation gathering

THEATER PRODUCTION’Cheyenne Massingill and Zachary Shelby play their parts in the Casa Care production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The show was part of a end-of-school appreciation party the students put on for their parents and for the adult and student volunteers. The highlight of our afterschool program this month was an appreciation party in honor of adult and student volunteers. After the volunteers enjoyed hamburgers and cookies, the children presented a talent show made up of various acts they developed and produced themselves. Performances included an enactment of the story, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a dance, gymnastics, a clown act, a mime group and a karaoke song. During May, the students also made Mother’s Day cards which accompanied a decorated flower pot complete with a blooming plant. Volunteers at Casa Care this year include Lee Broad, Jacque Skaggs, Leah Vickers, Mary Ann and Larry Smith, Jenny Walthall, Allison Johnson, Kay Springer, Marjorie Barnhill, Erica Paniagua, Lola Stephenson, Edna Mueller, Alisha Condron and Brayla Bratton. Without these volunteers, the children would miss having caring people to listen to them read or to play with them. Other members of our community expressed their interest in the children through donations of time and materials. Higginbotham’s donated flower pots and bedding plants for Mother’s Day gifts. Barbara Bolton donated lettuce, tomatoes, chips and mayonnaise for our party, as well as cookies which were decorated by the children. Kathleen Gray donated a piano. Kenneth Poe and his probationers continued to do an outstanding service in maintaining our yard as well as repairing the building. Their latest accomplishment was the eviction of a rock squirrel which was causing problems in the attic. Murri Mills and Edna Mueller made homemade cookies for snacktime which were a big hit with the children. Robert Barnhill repaired our telephone. These children live in a community which cares for them in many different ways. Casa Care is proof that Brady really is the true Heart of Texas. Casa Care will be closed for the summer but will re-open in September. Plans are underway to expand enrollment to include fourth graders in the afterschool program. Details on registration will be available later in the summer. CASA CARE MEMORIALS In memory of: WAYNE COLTON MYERS by the Rochelle Baptist Church. Memorials and honorary gifts can be mailed to P.O. Box 56, Brady, Tex. 76825.

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