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Target: Local print publication for Ansonia

Feature Story: Local Ansonia residents and organization take spotlight in statewide, “Face of Nonprofits,” educational awareness campaign sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CAN).

Gerard Hector, Kenyon, Sierra, and Jackie Drums Not Drugs/ Tinney Community Center, Ansonia

“Drums can take over the focus on drugs. Our programs teach kids to build, tune, and play the drums. The passion and unity we give these kids gets them to listen and respect each other more. Our kids are 99% successful in what they learn and in gaining the ability to lead on their own.”

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    Gerard Hector, Simsbury

“I learned a new talent that I have. I learned I can actually get into something if I really, really like it. I learned someone can show respect and can give respect back without having to think about it.”

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    Kenyon Beene, 12, Ansonia

“The songs have to do with spirit and how nature played a part. Without drums, I would just draw, lay around and be in trouble on weekends.” –Sierra, 11, Ansonia

“The drumming is here for a reason ... it’s a good distraction to bad things.

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    Jackie, 14, Ansonia

Gerard, Kenyon, Sierra, and Jackie came together through the Drums not Drugs program offered by the Tinney Community Center. Gerard first worked with a similar program in Trinidad that uses drumming to get kids off the streets. Now in Connecticut, Gerard uses drums to take over the focus on drugs. Medical research has also shown that drumming can be good for relieving arthritis, so there is no age bracket to the drumming programs.

Drums Not Drugs is a 12-week program offered through many nonprofit organizations at day cares, children’s hospitals, and others like the Tinney Community Center.

Target: West Hartford News

Feature Story: Local West Hartford resident and organization take spotlight in statewide “Face of Nonprofits” educational awareness campaign. National tie-in: Special Olympics is the subject of the U.S. Postal Service’s latest international airmail stamp. he 80-cent value went on sale Thursday, Feb. 13 in Chicago. Keith is a three-time gold medallist in the International Special Olympics.

Keith Lapuk Jewish Association for Community Living (JCL), West Hartford

“If it wasn’t for JCL, Keith would have to go to a group home far away.

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    Lee Lapuk, Keith’s mother, West Hartford

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits Advocacy/Lobbying Toolkit Create Date: 3/31/2003 3:33 PM

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