Family Life Center holds open house
By By Laura Courson, Staff Writer
Busted pipes, destroyed tiles and a rash of vandalism couldn't keep the Atmore Family Life Center from following through its vision of serving the community of Atmore.
Sunday's open house offered much encouragement to all those involved.
Yvonne Grisset, the center's program director, was enthusiastic about the progress at the center.
The AFLC, which has been in operation since June 10, offers classes for students in math and reading. Students may also participate in a preparation class for the math portion of the high school exit exam.
In addition to the educational classes, the center offers dance, choir and art programs.
The dance program is comprised of Expose, which has been in operation for three years, and the new Little Expose, for younger dancers.
The choir, the "Inspiration Chorus," has also been in operation for three years.
While both Expose and the "Inspiration Chorus" perform throughout the community, the chorus will be taking their act "on the road" so to speak. Provided enough money can be raised for the trip, they are scheduled to perform in Mississippi later this year.
Enrollment at the center is currently 192 young people. Of those enrolled, 68 are enrolled in the educational programs.
The center doesn't just offer programs for the young.
Due to the effort and contributions of W.G. Johnson, two senior rooms will soon be opened. Johnson has dedicated the rooms to the memory of his mother, Addie Daniels, and his wife, Lillie Adams Johnson.
One of the senior rooms will be used as a television viewing room, the other will be a game room. The center is still in need of a television and a table for the game room.
The centers hours are from 8:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., dance is then held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The center will also be providing some things to look forward to in the fall.
Fall programs will include, but are not limited to, parenting and job training classes. The center is also working on developing a community literacy program and possible GED amenities.