Young people

July 24, 2006

Erik Hoffman of Sharpsburg is one of 32 student dancers chosen to participate in the 14th annual session of the Kennedy Center's exclusive three-week ballet training program, "Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell" under the tutelage of the legendary ballerina, July 31-Aug. 19.

The dancers, age 14 to 18, were selected from an international audition process held last winter and are from China, Japan, Mexico and across the United States.

As part of the program, students will take two ballet technique classes with Farrell each day, six days a week, at the Kennedy Center. They will also participate in a number of cultural activities to enhance their experience in the nation's capital including visits to museums, historical landmarks and other special events.

Hoffman is a 2006 graduate of Boonsboro High School, where he was a National Honor Society member and was selected to the All County Orchestra. As a member of the Hagerstown Ballet Company, under the direction of Carolou Russell, he performed the title role three times in the company's annual production of "The Nutcracker."


The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and Circuit City are partnering to help build technology skills for local children. Circuit City store managers recently spent a day volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club as part of a community outreach activity organized by the Hagerstown Circuit City store.

"We just wanted to get involved and the Boys & Girls Club is the positive place for kids so it was a natural fit for us," said Mickey Propst, manager of the Circuit City in Hagerstown. "I think this is only the beginning of our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. Our managers and the children at the club all had a great time," he added.

Circuit City is a national partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. On the local level, the store managers led an arts and crafts activity with Boys & Girls Club members that involved a technology component. The volunteers provided digital cameras for the club members to take photos of what they do at the Boys & Girls Club. The volunteers then printed out the photos and helped the club members make collages of the Boys & Girls Club.

"Circuit City was tremendous," said Buck Browning, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club. "They showed up with everything we needed for the activity and basically ran our arts and crafts program for the day. My hope is that we can continue partnering with Circuit City to benefit our club members."

The Boys & Girls Club operates five programs in Washington County and is a member agency of the United Way. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, call 301-733-5422.

Regional Circuit City store managers spent a day volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

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