The Jr. Wednesday Club accompanied the youth of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area to the Community Light Show in Ballou Park on Monday, December 11th. Following the show was a visit to the Children’s Village at the Ballou Recreation center. There, the children took pictures with Santa, participated in holiday crafts and enjoyed hot chocolate. Jr. Wednesday Club members hosted dinner at the Ballou Park location of McDonald’s. For more information, please call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 Ext. 234.
One hundred Bigs, Littles, and families enjoyed a morning filled with music, dancing, and pancakes at Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Pancake Breakfast. There was also arts & crafts and lots of fun games played. New harbor Baptist Church led a sing-a-long of holiday music; and Mt. Grove Baptist Church danced to praise music. Special thanks to SOVA Health – Danville who hosted this event on Saturday, December 2nd. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area appreciates Target, Optima Health, Rhonda Ray and George Ray and several other community volunteers. For more information please call Pat Daniel (434) 792-3700 Ext. 237.
On Monday, November 20th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area gave the families of our littles Thanksgiving baskets with the choice a ham or turkey and a variety of other items. We would like to thank Gerald Kelly, Ralph Price, Nestlé USA – Danville Plant and Optima Health for their donations. For more information, please call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 Ext. 237.
Eleven youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area attended the Virginia Statewide National Conference in Glen Allen, VA on September 22 and 23rd. The Youth Cafe had presentations by the VA Attorney General with collaboration from the City Norfolk’s Commonwealth Attorney’s office on gangs and bullying. The opportunity was sponsored by the City of Danville Community Development and Police Departments, as well as DRF. For more information, call Pat Daniel (434)792-3700 ext. 234.
Margaret Milam is a former Title I teacher who uses her professional skills to assist the youth with Reading. She mentors in the school based program. The volunteer states the youth has been a joy to talk to. Margaret focuses mainly her “little”, but interacts with other students during lunch as well. She takes the young lady Reading material to assist with improving her Reading skills.
The youth, Alexandria has improved with her confidence and self-esteem. She says Ms. Milam coming to the school makes her day. She loves the attention the volunteer shows her. The youth is excited to see the mentor coming into the school. Alexandra’s teacher says she is very pleased with the youth’s progress. She reports that she has shown improvement, and wishes that there more people like Margaret. The volunteer states that she plans to be with Alexandria through college.