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One goal of the Rochford Foundation is facilitating local organizations and individuals in helping the less-privileged children of our community.

Our “Burrage Buddies” after-school enrichment workshops give adult volunteers an opportunity to do just that. Grownups get to share their expertise and talents with small groups of appreciative kids from Boys & Girls clubs, Micah House, Think Together, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and more. Everybody has fun!

Kids choose the topic they want for the once-a-week, 5-week long sessions. Enthusiasm of both children and leaders has mandated that the program keep expanding and we now offer six sessions each school year.

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION

Using computers, cameras, costumes, props and art supplies for multimedia art projects

OFF-ROAD BICYCLING

OFF-ROAD BICYCLING

Learning bike skills, safety & repair, then riding trails all over the mansion property

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Finding out how to take great photos by taking lots of pictures

DANCE

DANCE

Learning cool moves of hip-hop dance; the twirls, jumps, pliés of jazz dance and ballet

ORIENTEERING

ORIENTEERING

Going on treasure hunts all over the mansion grounds using map & compass

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

(Especially for girls) Learning self-defense martial arts moves from tai-kwon-do, judo, karate, jiujitsu

COOKS IN THE KITCHEN

COOKS IN THE KITCHEN

Preparing — and eating! — delicious, nutritious food

PUPPET SHOWS

PUPPET SHOWS

Playing with animal, people and fairytale characters; making up puppet shows

THEATER GAMES

THEATER GAMES

Playing theater games, learning improvisation, performing skits

FASHION DESIGN

FASHION DESIGN

Designing and creating a portfolio of your own line of clothing

ROBOTICS

ROBOTICS

Building and programming robots that really move

ORGANIC GARDENING

ORGANIC GARDENING

Planting vegetable seedlings and seeds, learning to compost and cultivate, then harvesting what you grow

CHESS

Learning to play the most fun board game there is — on a giant-size gameboard!

COMPUTERS

COMPUTERS

Becoming a sophisticated techie with keyboard and mouse

COMICS & CARTOONING

COMICS & CARTOONING

Getting silly making up characters and stories, learning layout, drawing comic strips

FILMMAKING

FILMMAKING

Learning how to write a script, make a storyboard, use a camera, shoot a movie

GOLF

GOLF

Learning and practicing golf skills with a hitting cage and junior-size clubs

ART

ART

Expressing your artistic self through drawing, painting, sculpting, montaging

CERAMICS

Ceramics

Sculpting with clay to make kiln-fired cups, bowls, and figurines

SOCCER

SOCCER

Developing teamwork and learning skills of the world’s most popular sport

GOOD SPORT

GOOD SPORT

Developing teamwork and learning all kinds of practical sport skills by playing games in silly ways

Two kids playing a Guitar

Guitar

Learning and practicing chords, fingering and strumming on acoustic guitars

Yoga

Yoga

Building confidence, strength, concentration through lots of poses and games

Opera

Opera

Singing — really singing! — and telling stories using voice, props, and costumes