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Alabama Blues Project
February 11, 2010

My grandson attended the sunner blues camp in 2009. He has Downs Syndrome. At first I was skeptical about this camp but he loves music & he loves Debbie Bonds & her husband Rick. After speaking with them directly several times I enrolled him in the program. The 1st day I left him he was ok at 1st but after an hour he withdrew. They called me & after that I attended daily with him. I was amazed by the caring caring staff & that several of them had experience with special needs children in their daily work lifes. This program brings all children together no matter who or where they come from. The patients that they all had with the children was just amazing!!! They truly enjoy the children & teach all age levels & skill levels. I was also amazed at how much they put into 1 short week!! I have been involved with other short summer programs but notheing compares to this one!!! They truly tried to teach him to play guitar & drums, in the end he was presented with a "special" tamborine from Debbie to play in his band at open house. My being there with him every day was no problem, he jsut needed to see me close by to be comfortable. I helped with the children in his group but to tell the truth I gained as much from this as he did!! I cannot express enough what a wonderful program this is for all children. We need more community based programs for all children, it lets them see all that the world has to offer. Alot of these children would never be exposed to this kind of music & art, for that matter to any music & art. My grandson does attend regular school at Lloyd Wood Middle School in Northport, Alabama. He is in a special life skills program there for special ed children they feel would benefit from this program. All he needs is an aide to guide him & I feel that with the staff they had his needs would of been more than met. He jsut was a little unsure of the himself with all of the strangers. My being there was no problem & I was able to observe first hand how they were with the children. Once again I have to say WOW!!! What a GREAT program!!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how my grandson learned to play musical instruments

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the summer camp to a 2 week program

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching how much the children learned

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

more than capable & experienced with children

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve a larger part of the community & expand

Ways to make it better...

we had 2 weeks instead of one

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

One thing I'd also say is that...

we need more programs like this

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I acted as an aide to my grandson.