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Children's Hurricane Recovery Project at Pistarckle


Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project Program to Launch Monday, October 23

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands –On Monday, October 23rd, the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project” will launch split session therapeutic and arts day camp classes. Applications are being accepted for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Located in Tillett Gardens, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, St. Thomas, the theater day camp will include a 3 or 4 hour morning - orafternoon-  session, Monday through Friday, with a healthy snack and several classes in the performing arts. There will be a nominal fee per child, with the hope that funding and donations raised will offset participation fees and expenses of instructors, supplies, facility use, generator fuel, and all other associated costs. The total fundraising goal is $36,000.00. The Camp's mission is to help children express and channel their traumatic life experience and feelings by therapy through the arts.  Classes in music, singing, acting, dancing, writing, poetry, puppetry, sand art and yoga will be offered. 

Pistarckle has partnered with Virgin Islands holistic health consultant Joan Bennett-Williams, R.N. to premiere and integrate her therapeutic play concept, the “iggi Project,” during camp.  In addition, well-respected social worker and puppeteer Ann Nayer is involved. According to Pistarckle Theater Founder and Artistic Producer Nikki Emerich, “Children will be participating in a safe, controlled environment, while also facilitating parents who may wish to return to work, or perhaps carve out some dedicated time to repair/rebuild their homes.”

Donations should be made payable to Pistarckle Theater, earmarked for the Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project, and mail or drop off to 4126 Anna’s Retreat (Tillett Gardens), St. Thomas, VI00802, ATTN;  Priscilla Lynn/Marketing Director. Donations make also be made via the PayPal Account at accounting@pistarckletheater.com, noting that it is for the “Pistarckle Children’s Hurricane Recovery Project.” For more information, call or text the theater’s temporary contact number at (203) 530-0103.

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