Playtime with the YALC

Maya Angelou Students Present Puppet Theater to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Aah, to be a kid again! This January, as a part of the Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Program (PACT) with the Home Builder’s Institute, Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) students created a puppet theater for young children in need.

The model theater was presented to the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project at the DC General Shelter. YALC students treated children, ages 3-7, to a warm-hearted show, titled Positively a King: A Young Man’s Rise to King of the Community. Dressed like dragons, princesses, and firemen, the children were overjoyed with the show that sparked their already imaginative minds on how they can make an impact in the future.

The Puppet Theater was also submitted as a part of a national competition for the PACT Program, in which students had to use 80% recycled or donated material to create a useful project. Although the students placed 2nd in the competition, they definitely won the hearts of the children at the Playtime Project.

Engaging the community and helping those in need is just one of the many ways Maya Angelou Schools describe the Maya Way–a mantra that is ingrained in their academic program.

Click through the gallery below to check out the photos. To learn more about The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, visit .

-Lisa S. Rajaram


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