Tryon program RISE! was a spectacular success 

Published 10:52 am Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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RISE! 2022–the Roseland Institute for Summer Enrichment–was a tremendous success. The program, held July 11-21, drew 32 young people over the two-week period, the largest group in over a decade. 


Program Director Latisha Miller, along with the program assistants, high school interns, and junior volunteers, led the children through a variety of fun and educational activities, including sports, arts and crafts, and cultural and social activities that kept them busy throughout the program. 

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Highlights of the program included a field trip to Ziglar Field and the Vaughan Creek Greenway led by Pam Torlina of Conserving Carolina; a story hour with Atlanta children’s author JP Miller (originally from Polk County); a performance of Harriet Tubman by performance artist Becky Stone; and pep talks by Tryon Commissioner Chrelle Booker and Fletcher, NC Mayor Preston Blakely. 


Puzzle Day and Wacky Wednesday, along with trips to a trampoline park and the movie theater to see “Minions,” were treats as well. The Roseland Board of Directors is grateful for their donors, including the Polk County Community Foundation, UUFC Fellowship, Dr. Olin Sansbury and Mary Ann Claud, Eastside churches, local businesses, and a number of individuals who made possible this year’s expanded program. The children can’t wait until next year!


Submitted by Dr. Warren Carson