The LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc. (LCYC) “Hang Time” afterschool club from Lakeland Middle School recently made and donated 170 pumpkin ornaments to Life Care Center and Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.
The afterschool program meets every Monday and Wednesday at Lakeland Middle School for students in 6th and 7th grades and every Tuesday and Thursday at Westview Elementary for all 5th and 6th graders. Club members are offered homework help and can participate in games and arts and crafts as well as visits from various guest speakers.
The program is offered by LCYC and is provided free to all students. One focus of the program is service to the community. LCYC wants students to learn the importance of community and that even at their age it is possible to have an impact on that community.
In the past six years the program has been operating, students have participated in the “Hoosier Heroes” program sending Christmas cards to Hoosier soldiers overseas. They have made and donated blankets to the “Linus Project,” which provides blankets to disaster victims around the world. The club has also donated to the Disabilities Walk and Relay for Life.
In November the club created, decorated and signed 170 pumpkin decorations to brighten the day for local nursing home residents during the holiday.
Currently, club members are turning their attention to the needy animals in the county as they create canine and kitty “gift baskets” to be donated to the Ark Animal Sanctuary.
For more information about the “Hang Time” afterschool club, contact LCYC Executive Director Michelle Myers at (260) 463-0334.