FROM THE DIRECTOR
It was an amazing spring at Drumm Farm. Baby goats, baby lambs, lots of chicken eggs, major rain events, hay baling, finished new homes, two new families, lots of learning and emotional healing, kids reunified with their families or adopted to forever families, final plans for our counseling and educational center, record fundraising at the Thrive and Shine Benefit Dinner, more than 50 youth living on campus, pledges of funding for a new house in 2017, and so much more. All the result of committed supporters like you engaged by a mission to provide loving homes and quality services for children.
The Drumm Farm Market is now open Saturdays, 8 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays, 4 PM - 7 PM. The Market exemplifies the spirit and philosophy of Drumm. So much is accomplished as kids participate in experiential learning by working at the market:
- Selling products produced at Drumm
- Engaging the public by providing customer service
- Building the community's understanding and connection to Drumm's mission
- Sharing the unique beauty of the campus
- Honoring Drumm's grand history of kids and farming
So join us at the Drumm Farm Market soon. You will impact the lives of our kids and support our mission every time you visit.
All the best,
Drumm Farm Center for Children, Inc
At a glance
|Drumm Farm intern realizes nonprofit work is in her future|
Congrats to our current intern Shantanique Tolbert for being recognized in a recent article in The Examiner!
|Drumm Family Dinners|
Drumm families prepare meals for anywhere from 8 to 18 people so you can imagine how much they appreciate a break once in a while! The second Thursday of every month they get that much needed break and a fun-filled evening too.
An update on the Compass program
Through generous donations the boys have enjoyed several experiences including a Royals game, bowling and a night out on the Plaza. These experiences help create positive memories for the boys which connects them together for life. Thank you for your continued support!
|Educational Support Update|
It has been an exciting spring. A new Math curriculum, called Number Worlds will be initiated for the 2016-17 school year and over the last six months students assisted in organizing all the current books in the Ray Morrison Library.
Save the Date
- Frank White, Jr. Invitational Golf Tournament - Friday, September 16 at Fred Arbanas Golf Course
- 15th Annual EMC Golf Classic - Wednesday, October 5 at Drumm Farm Golf Club
- 15th Annual Crossroads Golf Classic - Thursday, October 6 at Drumm Farm Golf Club
- 3rd Annual City Slickers Hoe Down - Saturday, October 15 at Drumm Farm Center for Children
Drumm Farm Market
Drumm Farm Market is open Saturdays, 8am-12pm, and Wednesdays, 4-7pm. We have produce, apple cider, jams and jellies, fresh breads and cinnamon rolls, pork, lamb, and of course eggs!
Follow us on Facebook to see what's coming soon!
Drumm Farm Wish List
Oftentimes we receive calls or inquiries about things we might need at Drumm. If you or someone you know is interested, here are some items from our wish list:
- Beds and bed frames for our new houses
- Packaged twin bed sets for our new kids
- Adult size farm/work boots for our Compass boys
- Wire shelving, plastic buckets and large storage boxes
Kody's Eggcellent Eggs will no longer be sold from the administrative offices beginning Wednesday, July 6th. Stop by the market on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to get your eggs!
Drumm Family Diners
Drumm families prepare meals each day for anywhere from 8 to 18 people. So, you can imagine how much they appreciate a break once in a while! The second Thursday of every month they get that much needed break and a fun-filled evening too! Many individuals and organizations volunteer to provide that meal. Thanks to Eastern Independence Rotary, Junior Service League of Independence, PEO - The Villas, Colbern Road Restoration Branch, Olsson Associates, L.E.A.D. - Independence Chamber of Commerce and many more!
If you or your organization would be interested in providing a meal for our families, please contact John Tramel at John.Tramel@DrummFarm.org
or call 816-373-3434. We are still in need of volunteers for Thursday, September 8 and Thursday, October 13.
| | Compass
The COMPASS Program and residents are in full summer mode with the boys attending classes and working while trying to find time for fun summer activities to participate in throughout the community. Djemarley is taking a summer course at Penn Valley and working three jobs while studying for his citizenship test. Shaquan is working full time on the farm planting and harvesting delicious produce for the Market. Dakota is performing at Comedy City, preparing for his role in the Music Man with Raytown Performing Arts Council and working. Michael is working full time and in the process of enrolling in the Police Academy at Blue River. Drumm welcomed a new resident, Zabdiel, in May who is attending summer school and working on the farm.
Every Monday evening Compass comes together as a group to connect with each other and the community. Through generous donations the boys have enjoyed several experiences including a Royals game, bowling and a night out on the Plaza (two had never been to the Plaza). These experiences help create positive memories for the boys which connects them together for life.
If you would like to help provide an experience for the Compass boys, please contact Libby Hernandez at Libby.Hernandez@DrummFarm.org
or call 816-373-3434
. The boys' wish list includes: Worlds of Fun, paint ball with Brad, movies, Cool Crest and attending a Sporting KC game.
Educational Support Update
t has been an exciting spring. A new Math curriculum, called Number Worlds will be initiated for the 2016-17 school year. Number Worlds offers math manipulatives, print and software material to support math concept learning.
Over the last six months students assisted in organizing all the current books in the Ray Morrison Library. Library books were organized by genre, fiction and non-fiction, plus reading level for students. Parent and teacher resources were also categorized. This project took several weekends to complete. Reading curriculum was purchased to support our menu of resources for fluency, comprehension and independent reading. Highlighting the library project was a grant from the Independence Young Matrons for new furniture in the library. The library is a hub for meetings and lessons for students.
More than 700 instructional service hours were provided to students at Drumm during the 2015-16 school year.
Thank you to this year's dinner sponsors: Summit Custom Homes and Carman and Tom Duvall.
Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their goals in healthy & effective ways. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and educational services, highly trained and experienced licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve individual success for each child.
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Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.