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Delray Beach Boys and Girls Club children perform first violin recital

Posted at 11:56 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 16:40:01-05

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas at the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach.

Thirty kids from the club performed in their first recital after taking violin lessons for months.

"I'm really excited. I get to perform in front of a lot of people and also nervous because I get to perform in front of a lot of people," said 11-year-old Alana Pearce.
"I'm really excited. I get to perform in front of a lot of people and also nervous because I get to perform in front of a lot of people," said 11-year-old Alana Pearce.
The kids practiced for two hours a day, and Thursday night as they performed. It was hard to know if this holiday recital was for the kids, the parents or the teachers.

"I have noticed how well they work together as a team, so having this music program has helped how they communicate here at the club and at school," said Janice Clemmons with the Boys and Girls Club.

"They can be very disruptive, very noisy in class, and what they learn to do when they play an instrument is self discipline and self esteem," said Annabel Russell with the Boca Raton Symphonia.

Any child that attends the Boys and Girls club has the opportunity to play an instrument.
Any child that attends the Boys and Girls club has the opportunity to play an instrument.
A grant from the Palm Beach chapter of Impact 100 provided the funding for the program.