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Pilates class donations fund youth center

11/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Participants in the Monday and Wednesday night Pilates group at St. Luke’s Ministries, some of whom are shown above, helped support the opening of The Light Teen Center at the church.
Photo courtesy of Marcia Winters
COPLEY — Participants in a local Pilates class have helped support the establishment of a youth center in the community.

Instructor Marcia Winters, 71, has been teaching Pilates twice a week for more than a year at St. Luke’s Ministries. Participants pay $5 per class.

But Winters, a Hudson resident who previously lived in Bath, decided she didn’t want to keep the fee for her services. Instead, the group decided to donate it to St. Luke’s to use for The Light Teen Center, which held its first event Nov. 1.

“I just didn’t need the income, and I wanted to use this as a community outreach,” Winters said. “We hope to raise $1,000 every six months or so.”

So far the class members have collected and donated about $2,000.

“They’ve been our largest contributor thus far, with the rest of it coming from St. Luke’s,” said Jerry Smith, youth pastor at St. Luke’s who is heading up The Light, which he hopes will be open regularly to teens after the first of the year.

For Winters, a longtime member of St. Luke’s, the opportunity is a way for her to give back while sharing her love for Pilates, a low-impact form of exercise and stretches.

“It’s just so beneficial to your body that I wanted to give that to all of my friends,” she said. “I started the class [at St. Luke’s] with a teacher I’d used just to show my friends how good it made me feel. In the meantime, I felt like I was being called to take the certification. After I took the certification, the teacher we had was relocated, so they asked me to start teaching.”

The class at St. Luke’s takes place Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and is open to anyone. Winters also teaches a class at Concordia at Sumner, the senior living community located off Ridgewood Road.

For more information on the class, call 330-665-2227. St. Luke’s is located at 3810 Ridgewood Road.

For more on The Light Teen Center, see the Oct. 31 edition of the West Side Leader or search the archives at www.akron.com.

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