The Gem in Ashland

By Jacqui Pollard

January 10, 2012

There's a gem in the midst of our community here in Ashland. I'm sure you have heard of it as it is one of the newer additions to the Ashland area. This gem is the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. I have only been there a handful of times all for work related reasons, but I hope to visit it more outside of my working hours.

I was there last night taking photos of participants in a softball pitching clinic. As a former softball player, I was intrigued by the clinic and couldn't help but wish I'd participated in a similar clinic back in my playing days. As I packed up my bag and began to walk out, I passed a class full of young elementary kiddos in a classroom across the hall all eagerly participating in the fun activity their instructors, including Mrs. Ohio America, Melanie Miller, had planned for them. As I walked into the main lobby, jazz music met my ears as a rehearsal was taking place in the chapel. It made me yearn to pick up my saxophone again and join in with the musicians. Finally, as I walked out to my car, I could see a classroom lit with swatches of color on the walls and easels perched around the room. The artists of our community were clearly hard at work in there.

As I got into my car, I couldn't help but feel proud to belong to this community. There's such a diverse group of people among us. I'd like to encourage you to visit the Kroc Center in the near future and see what sort of classes and activities they offer. Whether sports, volunteering, music, or the arts are your calling, the Kroc Center has something to offer to fit your interests.

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