After being asked to leave the Syracuse Community Center in September, Rock Solid Teen Center has found a new home. It moved into Wawasee High School and programming began in the first part of November. “We kind of had to start as quickly as we ended,” said Pastor Mark Eastway, Rock Solid Teen Center board president.
Eastway explained after a period of inquiry, the program for middle school and high school students is now housed in the cafeteria at the high school. The program is similar to the Boys and Girls Club or Baker Youth Club with a faith based element.
“The nice part is there are other rooms in the school the program can use, such as this Thursday (Dec. 10) we’re having a pool party,” Eastway said in a phone interview. Emails have also been sent out to school department heads asking for future tours of their areas of the school.
Being in the cafeteria also has all the participants in full view of adult volunteers who are supervising the program. Eastway said he appreciated the school administration throwing open its doors to welcome the program.
Depending on what type of programming is being offered anywhere from 16 to 50 students attend Rock Solid on any given Thursday. “I think that’s a dynamic as to what we offer kids,” Eastway said.
Eastway said he and the Rock Solid board was grateful for the time the program was housed at the Syracuse Community Center, but at the same time looking forward to the program’s future at the high school.
Eastway said he liked the idea of having the program at the high school as it made it more transferable to other communities, especially those that did not have community centers.