Getting to know crows; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence hosts art and writing program around annual visit

Boys & Girls Club Lawrence hosts art/writing program around annual visit

Article by Terry Date; post and photos submitted by Craig Gibson

A teen writing leader from the crow program read his poem to the room at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, telling families he’s a collector of experiences, especially firsts.

John Omosefe, a senior at Central Catholic High School, said he collects hope, joy and stories, including those he has heard his parents tell of their journey to America to build better lives.

“For, like the crows, I collect things that gleam bright and shine light out into the world,” Omosefe said. “Because it is these things, these memories, stories and smiles that catch my eye ….”

An eye-catching spectacle of crows, which gather by the tens of thousands for their winter roost in Lawrence, evoke a range of emotions in different folks — from fear to fondness. Just as people do.

The aim of the club’s art and writing program — led by art therapists with LA (Lawrence Arts) House and writers with the Andover Bread Loaf Program through Phillips Academy — was to enlarge Lawrence children’s perspectives of the birds and themselves.

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