The Hamden Journal

Volume X. No. 50                 Wednesday, December 12, 2007                                  14 Pages

Academy of Kempo continues drive through holiday season

Carrie Meyer, Black Belt and assistant instructor at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, instills the important values of community service to her daughter, Bo. Community service is one of the many life lessons that are taught at the Academy. 

(Submitted Photo)   

Thanksgiving has passed and Saint Annís Soup Kitchen as well as the Keefe Centerís Food Bank has survived, thanks to the many who have donated food. But the endeavor is not over yet. With the peak of the holiday season upon us, there is still much to do.

The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is accepting donations for Saint Annís Soup Kitchen as well as the Keefe Centerís Food Bank now through the end of the holiday season, at any one of their donation centers located throughout Connecticut. It is offering an incentive to its students: a free semi-private lesson for any five non-perishable items they donate, and offering two weeks of free lessons to non-students, limited to one give away per person and can not be combined.

                On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts dropped off its second load of food. The students, families and friends of the academy generously donated about 50 more bags of non-perishable food. The Academy has donated about 75 bags of non-perishable food to date, and continues to collect on a weekly basis.

The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, 1890 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden is the main donation center. The other donation centers are, Barron Gannon & Co., 1275 Post Road, Suite 200A, Fairfield; Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School, 444 Orange Street, New Haven; the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford Southwest Unit, 1 Chandler Street, Hartford; and Rascals Gym, 1647 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

                For more information on the donation centers or how to get involved you can contact the academy at (203) 288-9990, or visit them on the web at



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