May 15, 2010

L’aureole donates funds for zone

Proceeds from the recent L’aureole benefit concert have been presented to the Glendale Salvation Army Corps. The $5,500 is designated to The Zone Academy, an after-school program for students ages 8 to 14. Students have access to textbooks, computers, a library, calculators, school supplies and tutors to help them achieve academic excellence.

Julyne Sales, Zone program director, emphasizes that students take advantage of online reading and math tutorials to improve English language and math skills. The purpose of the computer classes is to help expand their use of software and improve typing skills.


Among those participating are Gissela Aguaro and Andrei Monzuri.

Gissela is working on a New York Stock Exchange project for school on the computer. She also listens to hip-hop and Spanish music.

Andrei is getting information on Greece for his school project. He listens to 1970s through ’90s music.

There are 64 youngsters on the roster, with 25 or 30 attending Monday through Friday, said Capt. Rio Ray.

Students are rewarded with gym time, learning the rules for tennis, baseball and soccer, as well as learning the games. After homework there are also movie days, crafts, snacks and prizes. Piano lessons are a recent addition to the program. Currently Laura Foley has nine pupils. Once a week the boys have Adventure Corps.

They have earned Olympic Games, Manners and Bible badges. The girls, Sunbeams, have earned cooking and art badges. They are now making bird feeders.

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