Arts and hearts at the Comm


First Posted: 2/9/2015

WAVERLY — Arts. Crafts. Games. These are the activities kids got to do at the Waverly Community House’s gymnasium on Feb. 7.

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, the Comm had a Valentine’s Day Family Party. Parents brought their children to this event for them to play games and make little Valentine-theme arts and crafts. The games and art projects were taught by volunteers, who were students from local schools, such as Abington Heights High School, Abington Heights Middle School, and Scranton Prep.

“It’s nice to get kids in here doing crafts and having fun,” said Abington Heights senior Nick Beckish, who volunteered by showing children how to make ‘cup people’ by attaching paper legs to red Solo cups. “I believe it’s for a good cause.”

The Valentine’s Day Family Party was organized by Abington Heights junior Marissa Lewis, who did it for her senior project. She created the crafts and games for this event. She also made baked goods, such as heart-shaped Rice Krispies Treats and pretzels covered with pink icing and sprinkles. The treats were on a table for people to take for free. During the party, Lewis showed kids how to decorate bags of hot chocolate using red paper.

“I’m happy with the volunteers and the turnout of the kids,” she said. “They seem so happy, so it seems like my hard work is paying off.”

Lewis grew up in Waverly, and went to pre-school at the Comm. She has seen this project as a way to give back to the Comm. She also volunteers for the Comm’s Breakfast with Santa, Bunny Breakfast, Halloween Party, and the Waverly Waddle.

Admission to this event was free, but donations were accepted.

“It’s a wonderful event for the community,” said Maria Wilson, director of the Comm. “It’s a perfect expression for Valentine’s Day.”

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