At the March 11 meeting of the Roxboro Kiwanis Club at La Piazza restaurant in Uptown Roxboro, Erin Ganey Hill, director, and Raleigh Gardner, program coordinator, with the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex, and Allison Satterfield and Chris Forton with the Piedmont Community College Foundation, presented updates about their respective programs.
Gardner displayed slides of the interior of the Kirby, both the main and upper levels. The upper level includes a stage for smaller shows, classrooms and rental spaces for public events. Programmatic offerings include art teachers for both music and visual arts. There are also youth camps in the summer for arts education purposes, including drama and cooking.
The Kiwanis club supports the arts outreach program at the Kirby. Performing arts includes the Little Theater and differing special performances. Ganey Hill mentioned several of the events for the remainder of the year, including the North Carolina Central University Big Band Jazz Ensemble and a local production of the nostalgic television variety show Hee Haw.
There is a sixth-grade storytelling residency program involving Triad Stage from Greensboro, which concentrates on language skills. She mentioned the free movie series as well. There is also an elementary school residency program, which served 1,081 students last year.
Roxboro Little Theater youth productions involved 65 youth in presenting Madagascar. The Lion King and Elf Jr. are on tap for this year.
Arts Expression camps involved North Elementary and the Weatherly Heights and Harris Gardens housing developments. Ganey Hill highlighted the profound impact this program has on disadvantaged children. A third-grade field trip is held annually, the most recent of which involved 422 students who were bused to the Kirby for an event. Ganey Hill and Gardner were presented with a contribution from the club in support of programming at the Kirby.
Satterfield informed the club that the PCC Foundation is holding a scholarship recipient luncheon, to which scholarship recipients, their families and donors are invited.
Roxboro Kiwanis club recipients this year are Cassidy Ennis and Sahraya Hunter, who are currently PCC students. Ten new scholarships have been added in the last year, bringing the total to 77. Satterfield indicated that 139 students were assisted this year.
She mentioned the President’s Club, which supports the foundation through membership dues. She explained that the foundation office has recently moved to the Timberlake Gallery building on the PCC campus. There is significant construction going on at the campus, including a new student center. Satterfield highlighted the foundation’s annual Pickin’ by the Lake at Mayo Lake Park, to be held Saturday, Sept. 7 this year.
Forton noted that the foundation is proud of its alumni focus. He serves as coordinator of alumni and student relations, and mentioned that there is a Facebook page for alumni promotion. Mentoring is also being encouraged as an alumni function. There are also alumni social occasions. An artificial ice-skating rink has been featured at one such event in Caswell County. Other events are being planned, to include current students and faculty in addition. Forton works with students as well, in order to be able to keep up with them when they become alumni.
Satterfield and Forton were presented with the club’s annual contribution for foundation scholarships. A high school scholarship application round is being conducted now and a general round for any students will open later in the year.