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.
Using computers, cameras, costumes, props and art supplies for multimedia art projects
Learning bike skills, safety & repair, then riding trails all over the mansion property
Finding out how to take great photos by taking lots of pictures
Learning cool moves of hip-hop dance; the twirls, jumps, pliés of jazz dance and ballet
Going on treasure hunts all over the mansion grounds using map & compass
(Especially for girls) Learning self-defense martial arts moves from tai-kwon-do, judo, karate, jiujitsu
Preparing — and eating! — delicious, nutritious food
Playing with animal, people and fairytale characters; making up puppet shows
Playing theater games, learning improvisation, performing skits
Designing and creating a portfolio of your own line of clothing
Building and programming robots that really move
Planting vegetable seedlings and seeds, learning to compost and cultivate, then harvesting what you grow
Learning to play the most fun board game there is — on a giant-size gameboard!
Becoming a sophisticated techie with keyboard and mouse
Getting silly making up characters and stories, learning layout, drawing comic strips
Learning how to write a script, make a storyboard, use a camera, shoot a movie
Learning and practicing golf skills with a hitting cage and junior-size clubs
Expressing your artistic self through drawing, painting, sculpting, montaging
Sculpting with clay to make kiln-fired cups, bowls, and figurines
Developing teamwork and learning skills of the world’s most popular sport
Developing teamwork and learning all kinds of practical sport skills by playing games in silly ways
Learning and practicing chords, fingering and strumming on acoustic guitars
Building confidence, strength, concentration through lots of poses and games
Singing — really singing! — and telling stories using voice, props, and costumes