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The We Rock Workshop Travels to Camp Oasis
Creative.Life.Support went to Camp Oasis, a camp established by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) for children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, June 19-21 to host a We Rock Workshop.
This workshop was done with help from The Reeva Project, a project within Creative.Life.Support that is dedicated to easing the struggle of children who suffer from Crohn's disease. The Reeva Project is named in memory of Reeva Alexis Kelly, Mr. Smalls owner Liz Berlin's niece, who passed away on November 15, 2010 at the age of 12 after a two-year struggle with Crohn's disease.
Katie Berlin, mother of Reeva and sister of Liz, said of the We Rock Workshop's visit to Camp Oasis, "My heart is warmed to know that my sister has the talent and ability to bring this kind of spirit into the lives of these children."
Liz Berlin served as the main teaching artist, with Mike Hammer contributing as Assistant Engineer, and Evan and Shaunden Smith as teaching assistants.
Liz and her team guided campers through the process of music, helping them open up creatively and look into the affect music has had and will have in their lives. The message brought to Camp Oasis was that music is a universal language, and with proper guidance and encouragement, music can help kids open up to their emotions.
A collaborative Camp Oasis song was presented to the campers, and each cabin was encouraged to contribute to the song. On the final night, the song was performed before the closing bonfire.
"Some lyrics came straight from the heart, feeling so good to get it out. Some came from their silly side, resulting in tons of laughter," said Shaunden. "The final product was outstanding."
The Camp Oasis song will be uploaded soon. Check out the Creative.Life.Support Facebook page for updates!