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Youth workshop to be offered on art of writing 'Thank You' notes

A special thank-you note writing workshop for young people will be offered at 3 p.m. March 1 to benefit Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network), a local nonprofit that provides immediate shelter and guidance to families with children who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness.  Allan Aycock, a local writer known to friends for his own delightful thank-you notes, will teach about the task and provide encouragement and feedback as the teens spread out to write their cards at Donderos’ Kitchen at 590 N. Milledge Ave.  The workshop, which costs $15 for one or $25 for two youths, is most suitable for young people aged 9 to 17. RSVPs are required, as space is limited.  Some note cards will be available, but parents might want to buy cards in advance if they want something really special. Light refreshments will be served to the young attendees. Space will be set aside for parents to chat with one another or relax while their kids write. Coffee, tea and bakery items will be for sale.  Allan Aycock is senior director in the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness at UGA. He earned a master’s degree in Writing from the City College of New York.  Davin Welter, the director of Family Promise, said of the event: “As an organization of more than 1100 volunteers who generously give of their time and finances to carry out the mission of Family Promise of Athens, we ourselves are so grateful. The workshop theme of gratitude resonates with our work, and I believe we strengthen our own families and our community when we think about and try to express how grateful we are toward others for their efforts and kindness.”

Pat Priest, one of the event organizers, said, “I wanted to support Family Promise's work and be sure people know what a terrific place Donderos’ Kitchen is — all while teaching young people the importance of reaching out to thank people for their thoughtful generosity.” For more information or to RSVP, contact Family Promise at (706) 425-1881 or

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