Community Foundation Supports CASA Arts Instruction
          HOLLAND -- A grant from the Community Foundation
  of the Holland/Zeeland Area will support "Adventures in Fine
  Arts" for the Children's After School Achievement (CASA)
  Program at Hope College as it works with elementary-age
  students during the 1997-98 school year.
          "The purpose of the project is to give the
  students the opportunity to observe and participate in the
  arts as a part of their educational and cultural
  experience," said Connie Brummel, director of CASA.
          The $3,500 grant provides a major expansion of
  CASA's cultural enrichment activities, according to Brummel.
  CASA's 10th year will begin in mid-September, with 90
  students from the Holland area participating.
          CASA runs year-round, providing substance abuse
  prevention, cultural awareness, academic and career
  experiences to at-risk kindergarten through fifth grade
  students.  The program is intended to improve the students'
  academic performance and help them develop healthy,
  productive lifestyles.  CASA's students meet after school
  twice per week for two hours per session throughout the
  school year, and in the mornings during the six-week summer
          Through the "Adventures in Fine Arts" project, the
  children will observe the arts through activities such as
  downtown sculpture and architecture appreciation walks, and
  field trips to sites like the Holland Area Arts Council.  In
  addition, they will have a chance to participate in the arts
  creatively during sessions led by area professionals and
  students in the arts.  The project will also include a
  dinner that will feature a program designed to help the
  children's parents bolster arts appreciation from home.
          Established by Marge Rivera in 1987, CASA was
  originally administered by Latin Americans United for
  Progress (LAUP) and housed at First United Methodist Church.
  The program moved to the college in 1989, and is housed on
  the ground level of Graves Hall.

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