Pictured are Corey Biddlecomb (Canastota), Elizabeth-Ann Bartlett (Morrisville), Serenity Ali (Canastota), Hannah Smith (Canastota), Sabina Miller Hamilton) and Meghan Ali (Canastota) participants of Community Action Partnership’s Mentoring Program.

(Canastota, NY – Dec. 2012Mentoring group) A festive group of about 100 mentees and mentee’s families joined the Community Action Partnership’s Mentoring Program on Thursday Dec. 1 for the program’s annual Holiday Party, held at CAP’s Canastota center.

This is one of two events during the year that the program invites not only the mentors and mentees, but also their families.  The usual monthly events are usually open to mentors and mentees only. This event provided a great opportunity for the entire program to come together and let the families see the numerous fun activities their children are involved with.

The night began with a special musical performance by the Chittenango High School Chamber Orchestra. Presenting an assortment of special music along with holiday favorites, violinists, violists, cellists and bassists entertained the families that attended. Everyone enjoyed the performance, with many family members telling program Supervisor Dennis Hoover how much they loved it.

Afterward, everyone in attendance went to one of the many activity centers joining in craft making, cookie decorating and even getting the opportunity to have a special family picture taken. The kids were able to take home their many creations and treats, along with the laughs and memories of the night.

A special thanks goes out to all those who helped, giving their time to make the event possible and to the families who came and made the night unique.

Community Action Partnership’s Mentoring Program reaches out to approximately 40 Madison County youth each year, bringing activities like these to inspire and educate the youth in the area. CAP is funded in part by the Madison County Youth Bureau, United Way of Greater Oneida, Madison County Promise, Madison County Department of Social Services and the Women’s Fund of Central New York, all playing their part in creating positive social interactions and developmental programs for the youth.


By martha

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