Civic League Arts Camp still creating memories


Civic League Arts Camp still creating memories | Summer Arts Camp, Wilson County Civic League, Director Gerald Patton

Children enjoy a counting game during music class with teacher Johnie Payton. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Wilson County Civic League Summer Arts Camp is celebrating its eighth year this week.

Thirty students are enrolled in this year’s camp, which is free to them and funded through a $100,000 grant given to the WCCL in 2005 from the Hot Topic Foundation.

From June 9-20, these students, ranging from grades 3-8, are exposed to drama, music, art and dance programs at the center. Camp Director Gerald Patton said that they were extremely pleased with this year’s teachers, Amanda Bryant, Johnie Payton, Andrea Parker and Julie Cawton.

“The classes are small so that they get a lot of individual attention,” Patton said.

Patton pointed out that one the teachers, Parker, is a former camp-goer.

“She is an upcoming junior at Lebanon High School and is our dance instructor this year. We were hesitant at first about hiring someone so young, but she has done a wonderful job,” he said. “She knows the program from both sides, having been a participant.”

In the dance classroom, Parker worked with students on a hip-hop dance routine which they will perform at the closing ceremony.

On Friday’s last day of camp, students will also be treated to lunch and a local field trip. “In past years we have gone to places like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, but we decided this year to keep our field trip local to the renovated Capitol Theatre,” Patton said. “Cracker Barrel also donated tickets for them to have lunch on Friday.”

The camp closing ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, at the Market Street Community Center located at 321 E. Market Street in Lebanon.

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