Year End Reminiscence
To all of you who actually read this:
Here’s hoping that you are having a loving and joy filled holiday.
As we are about to bid adieu to another year, it’s always a cause for reflection. I can’t remember when I first ventured into this. It was more than ten years ago and it began with a class at Oak Springs Elementary that the site coordinator named: Little Daisy Dancers. I was ok with that but my dear friend, Kaetlyn, told me I had to have a name if I was going to keep this up. I think she had more vision than I did. Taxed and chewed over a name until finally settling on Leap of Joy. She approved. And there we were. As we developed our classes, it was quite a learning experience but after all this, we’ve evolved and grown so much. I am so proud of what LOJ has become in thanks to the most wonderful and talented instructors and administrative staff and all the miracles that have sustained us along the way.
We want to thank all those who helped us finance our Caps & Mittens campaign that gave almost 200 kids: caps, mittens and wool socks, along with the great egg shakers provided by our friends, Austin Allies, made for kids by kids, and more. It was a loaves and fishes phenomenon.
Those who live comfortably don’t always understand poverty but it is very real for those who live in it and very hard on the children. To give them the freedom and opportunity to experience our classes is life changing for them. Anyone who gives knows what a wonderful feeling it is when you give freely. It is a truth that is sadly missed by so many. So happy to say that we bring joy and hope into kids’ lives when they need it the most.
We are a home-grown Austin program and rely on AISD and the community at large to keep us going. Any end of the year donations are greatly appreciated. If you want to volunteer or just come to see a class in action, let us know.
Upcoming this semester: Care to Dance Sunday May 5. Mark your calendars.
Special thanks to our wonderful teachers who go the extra mile: Sierra Shante, Lisa Anne Kobdish, Nina Shaw, and Yvonne Keyrouz, and our able staff Jess Barclay, Clay Moore and Jacki Moffa.
And special thanks to Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Cultural Arts Department, Andy Roddick Foundation, Glimmer of Hope, C-3 Presents AISD Prime Time, ACE, The High Road and Stubb’s for always being there for us.