Take Ten program to hold book signing

Author: Shannon Chapla


Local youths in theRobinsonCommunityLearningCenters (RCLC) Take Ten program will sign copies of a book they wrote and illustrated at1 p.m.Saturday (June 2) at Barnes and Noble,4601 Grape Rd.,Mishawaka.

The Take Ten Crew and the Three Oclock Fight,which underscores the importance of resolving conflict peacefully, will be available for purchase, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Take Ten program.Mayors Steven Luecke ofSouth Bendand Jeff Rea ofMishawaka, along with Division Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department, will read books to children at the event.

Addressing bullying in schools,The Take Ten Crewis a story of ordinary children with extraordinary powers, who offer resourceful ways to resolve conflicts.With printing donated by Mossberg&Company, the book was developed with the help of professional artists and story directors, including Agustin Fuentes, ONeill Associate Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame.

The project was conceived about a year ago with the help of dozens of Take Ten participants who provided ideas through focus groups.Participating writers and artists were grouped together for 12 hours in workshops to learn specifics of creating the book.The artists then worked for three hours each Saturday for nine weeks.

Take Ten encourages young people to “Talk it out, walk it out, and wait it out” as a means to resolve conflicts peacefully.The program reaches some 8,500 children at 15schools and the RCLC through the assistance of 130 volunteers from Notre Dame and four other local colleges.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, the RCLC is a community-driven education center sponsored by Notre Dame.In addition to the violence prevention initiative, the center offers a number of programs and activities sponsored by local agencies and organizations, including health education and screenings, GED and English-as-a-second-language classes, children’s programming, youth tutoring and after-school programs. It also features a Computer Teaching and Learning, which is equipped with 20 computers and provides instruction and Internet and e-mail access.

The book was funded with a $5,000 grant from Arts Everywhere and the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.It is priced at $9.95 and also can be purchased at the RCLC or ordered on-line at http://www.nd.edu/~rclc/ .

* Contact: * _Ellen Paul, RCLC, 574-631-9424, epaul@nd.edu

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