Greenbrier Academy for Girls drummers impress Beckley Rotary

Chris Jackson, The Register-HeraldMembers of the Greenbrier Academy for Girls drummers out of Pence Springs perform on traditional African drums for the Beckley Rotary Tuesday in Beckley. Story » 2A.

The Greenbrier Academy for Girls, which uses traditional African drumming as a therapy source for girls who have experienced difficult times, performed for the Beckley Rotary Club at its weekly meeting at the Black Knight Country Club on Tuesday.

Playing traditional African drums, the Academy participants use drumming as a relaxing experience to release trauma. Students work together both as mentors and teachers in a process that can be effective for years.

The Greenbrier Academy for Girls is a preparatory college and therapeutic school for female students who have struggled with depression, anxiety, ADHD, self-esteem, substance abuse and other traumas. Students go to school while receiving help for emotional healing. The girls come from all over the world.

Mattie is one girl who performs in the group and has been in the Performance Group for only a month.

“It has helped me a lot,” Mattie said. “I can talk to people about what I’m going through and what I need to talk about.”

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Anne Hunter is the art teacher for Greenbrier Academy for Girls and the drumming coordinator for the Performance Group.

“We drum together as an entire school community everyday as an art credit and for therapeutic purposes,” Hunter said. “It brings all the girls together as a community to bond. It’s physical energy and it heals you on a individual level.”

The girls share an experience, connect, and help heal each other.

For more information about the Greenbrier Academy for Girls please call 304-445-7790 or toll free number 877-788-8422. 

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