About 70 children and adults were in attendance for the annual cookout that ends the summer youth program at the Skeels-Mathews Community Center in Ravenna.
About 40 to 50 children attend the program on weekdays throughout the summer. The program provides breakfast and lunch for those attending.
Volunteer Deseree Liddell worked with the children ages 4 to 7. The 4-year-olds worked on writing their ABCs, numbers and comprehension, while the 5- to 7-year-olds worked on reading, writing, and math and comprehension.
Youth ages 8 to 15 worked in their journals and on African American history with volunteers Joanne Stikes, Johneva Stikes-Jenkins and Cathy Adler.
Community resident Jim Worley taught the children about gardening.
Presentations included one by representatives of Townhall II on drug and alcohol prevention and bullying, and a safety class given by the Ravenna Township Fire Department & Emergency Rescue.
Field trips included Chuck E. Cheese in Akron and Friendship Acres in Randolph with transportation was provided by Family & Community Services Powercorps and parents.
Marcelle Grair, community resident and graduate of Spellman College, had the older youth do a five-year plan: list five goals, three mentors, three role models, three potential colleges that they would like to attend, three potential careers, and three things that they will do to achieve their five goals.
Older youth wrote letters to the Tuskegee Airmen asking them questions and they're waiting on a reply. Asa Purkiss drew pictures for the kids to color and Linda Sanders volunteered to help the children bake peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies.