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Building Dreams youths deliver Easter baskets to area seniors

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photo courtesy of Urban Ounce of Prevention Services Inc.
WEST AKRON — Youths participating in the Building Dreams Program reached out to senior citizens in the Wesley Tower senior apartments by preparing and delivering Easter baskets March 29. A group of youth who took part are shown above with the baskets they provided.

Walgreens on Copley Road, Henry’s Acme and Wal-Mart in Fairlawn helped make the Easter basket deliveries possible, according to organization officials.

The Building Dreams Program, administered by Urban Ounce of Prevention Services Inc., is an after-school program designed to increase the number of youths who avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence, according to organization officials.

President and CEO Evaughn Cagle said community service is just one of the many ways youths participating in the Building Dreams Program learn the power of giving their time and effort to assist others. The goal is to form civic-minded adults who take pride in and find it compulsory to give back to their communities, she said. The program promotes positive life skills, builds self-esteem and provides various enrichment activities, such as cultural arts, field trips and college tours, according to organization officials.

“Activities like this promote and build intergenerational relationships and demonstrates to the Building Dreams youth that even small acts of kindness bring good cheer to others,” said Cagle.

— By Ariel Hakim

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