USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2013-2014

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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Jesters accepting registrations for 2013-2014

(August 15, 2013) – The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is currently accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 program from people with developmental disabilities. Registrants from be from age 6 to senior citizens.

The program begins Saturday, Sept. 7 and will meet each Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the USF North Campus building located at 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus. Morning activities will include dance/movement, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, percussion and music (instrumental and voice). A visual arts program will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the Rolland Center. Participants are welcome to attend the morning session only, or both the morning and afternoon sessions. Annual participation fees are $60 per participant. Scholarships are available.

The program will meet each Saturday (except Nov. 30 due to Thanksgiving) until Dec. 14. The Jesters program will not meet Dec. 21 and 28, or Jan. 4 and 11, due to holiday break. The program will resume Jan. 18 and will continue meeting each Saturday from 10 a.m-2 p.m. through March 8. The spring 2014 performance will be presented March 8 at 6 p.m. and March 9 at 3 p.m. at the North Campus auditorium.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001 to request registration forms. Forms can also be downloaded from the Jesters website at . For more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or (260) 745-3107.

Sponsored by the University of Saint Francis since 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision is to develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large. The program is made possible in part through funding by the AWS Foundation.

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