Quinn Center Marks Camp’s End With Celebration | National Night Out is Aug. 1

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Young participants of the Quinn Community Center’s summer enrichment camp during a July 21 end-of-camp assembly. Below, students show off their newly learned musical chops. || Michael Romain/VFP

IMG_6223Wednesday, July 26, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Over 100 community members packed the gymnasium of the Quinn Community Center, 1845 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, to celebrate the end of the center’s annual summer enrichment camp during a July 21 assembly.

“This year, the camp had over 150 campers, not including camp mentors, volunteers and staff,” said Wardell J. Dobbins, the founder and CEO of Gateway to Music and Arts Inc. — one of numerous nonprofits who facilitated a range of programming in the arts, music and gardening.

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A classroom in the middle of learning during a Quinn summer enrichment camp session. || Photo: Quinn Community Center 

One of the highlights of last Friday’s assembly was a musical selection by students in grades fifth through eighth.

“These students came to us with no musical experience and during the past 12 days they learned how to play percussion instruments,” Dobbins told the crowd.

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A child engaged in hands-on learning during a classroom session. || Quinn Community Center

During a brief selection, the students read sheet music while playing the written beats on buckets, trash cans and pieces of plywoods.

After them, a group of second-graders took the stage to perform … what else? The mambo, of course.

National Night Out set for Aug. 1

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Maywood firemen clean up after a National Night Out several years ago. | File

Since 1984, communities across the United States and Canada have gathered on the first Tuesday of August, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to recognize National Night Out Against Violence. The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is designed to advance awareness about law enforcement programs and various anti-crime initiatives.

Maywood has been celebrating the event annually since 2004. This year, as with others, the event will take place on the first Tuesday of August (which is Aug. 1), from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Maywood Veteran’s Memorial Park, 300 Oak St. in Maywood.

Officer Pirsia Allen, the Maywood Police Department’s community policing officer, said that the event has fostered a greater sense of togetherness and unity between the police and the residents.

Entertainment includes Big Ray & Chicago’s Most Wanted Band, free food and refreshments, free t-shirts, gifts and balloons for children. For more information, contact: Officer Pirsia Allen at 708-450- 4409. VFP

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