Whitesville Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program Receives Grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters CheckThe Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $275 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program at Whitesville Central School. This grant will help fund a new educational initiative entitled Extracurricular Art Enrichment for the children in the Whitesville Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. This initiative will provide participants with a comprehensive, hands-on art education program. Erica Grantier, Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Coordinator, said, “This will include a field trip to the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass, which boasts the world’s best collection of art and historical glass including 45,000 objects tracing 3,500 years of glassmaking history.”

While at the museum the students will be awed and inspired by some truly amazing glass art. They will enjoy an interactive guided tour and a glass scavenger hunt as they tour artistic glass creations from around the world. Additionally, they will learn about the history, technology, and art of glass. Participants will also enjoy a hands-on glass art class where they will create their own sandblasted item using their original design.

The Whitesville Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is providing life-changing mentoring to its participants. The mentoring and enriching activities are creating confident, competent, and caring children and teens who are doing better academically and are demonstrating positive behavior toward peers, teachers, and family members. The participants in the program also complete several community service projects each year, which help their community, develop key life skills in the children, and teach them the importance of giving back to their community.

The Whitesville Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is a program of Family Service Society, Inc. For more information about this program, please contact Robin Foster, the Executive Director at 607-962-3148.

If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture: Erica Grantier, Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Coordinator & Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.