Clark’s Christmas Kids
The last two weeks have been quite eventful for the staff and participants in our LEAP program. On December 1, everyone in LEAP went to Wal-Mart to participate in Clark Howard’s annual “Clark’s Christmas Kids” holiday event. Led by LEAP Director Scott Baldrich and instructors Grey Eaton and Adam Branson, the group selected a child to “adopt.” Then each LEAP participant purchased an item from that child’s wish list to donate.
This year’s event was the 33rd annual, and participating with the charity has become something of a tradition for LEAP. This was our seventh year of sharing the holiday spirit.
As usual, the festivities were covered by WSB-TV. The usually camera-shy Grey Eaton found himself being interviewed by the station and appearing on the evening news!
Computer Museum of America
Grey was back leading the way on December 5 when the Computer Museum of America threw a reception for all of its volunteers. LEAP staff and students were invited to attend the event as a “thank you” for all their efforts building display cases and exhibit elements for the museum. The construction of a donation pedestal was part of Grey’s work with the LEAP participants this fall. Together, they mounted an old TV on top of a column so that donations could be dropped into a locked holding area. The device had a lockable, sliding shelf and storage space.
The Nutcracker by Perimeter Ballet
To cap matters off, the LEAP staff and participants were invited to a special performance of The Nutcracker by Perimeter Ballet on December 7. The show received rave reviews from all in attendance. We are grateful to LEAP mom Tais Keyser for connecting us to Robin Myers who made the trip possible.