Take Ten Festival to be held on campus May 4



Students from 15 South Bend schools will visit the University of Notre Dame on May 4 (Thursday) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Stepan Center for a celebration of the Take Ten violence prevention initiative.

The Take Ten Festival will include games and activities, refreshments and distribution of T-shirts with the winning image from a Take Ten poster contest held at the participating schools – Clay, Riley and Washington High Schools; Brown, Dickinson, Jefferson, Marshall and Navarre Intermediate Centers; Darden, Madison, Marquette, Nuner, Perley and Warren Primary Centers; and Saint Adalbert Catholic School. Winners of the annual bookmark and creative writing competitions also will be recognized, and the Take Ten Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented.

An initiative of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), 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 8,320 children at schools, the RCLC, area Boys and Girls Club sites and the Westside Neighborhood Partnership Center through the assistance of volunteers from Notre Dame and four other local colleges.

Founded in 2001, the RCLC is a community-driven education center that offers numerous 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 Center, which is equipped with 20 computers and provides instruction and free Internet and e-mail access.

_ Contact: Jay Caponigro, RCLC director, 574-631-8759,_ caponigro.2@nd.edu

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