Monday, August 13, 2012

Support from Middlesex United Way

Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Middlesex United Way for $36,510 in support of the Neighborhood Troupes/Arts Explorers program and the Children's Circus of Middletown.

Middlesex United Way has been a constant and generous supporter and partner of Oddfellows Playhouse, and the August 3rd performance of The Circus of Science was a perfect example of how they help children and their families each and every day.

Over 120 children from this community participated in this extraordinary summer program, learning a variety of Circus skills, engaging in non-traditional forms of physical activity, and learning to work together as a group to create a piece of art.  Daily students spent over two hours outside running, jumping, stilting, juggling, and much more, while making new friends and gaining life skills.

The Middlesex United Way is an important partner in making this happen.  This year, 72% of students who participated in Circus received financial aid.  The funding Oddfellows receives ensures that all students, regardless of means, are able to participate in this program and have access to high-quality, arts-based summer programming.  It is important for students, especially when school is out, to have the ability to continue growing and engaging in physical and enrichment activities.

On behalf of all the students, families, and staff who benefit from this support, we thank the Middlesex United Way.

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