Wilmington Friends, Arcadia share space


Wilmington Friends Meeting began sharing their space with Arcadia Learning Commons at 66 N. Mulberry St on July 1.

Arcadia Learning Commons is a non-profit organization that partners with young people and their families to support their personal and intellectual growth. They provide mentors, space, and a supportive community for self-directed learning, and believe in kindling each person’s natural desire to learn deeply and to live a meaningful, productive life.

“Wilmington Friends Meeting has given us such a warm welcome,” said Nicole Friend, director of Arcadia Learning Commons. “And we’re full of excitement for the curiosity and creativity that will be unleashed now that we have access to such spacious, comfortable classrooms for our students.”

Arcadia still has a few spots in its play-based Preschooler Enrichment Program for the fall. Plans are to continue offering art, science, music, and theatre enrichment classes for children; tutoring; and a weekly play date for families with young children.

New in September will be an enrichment class for homeschoolers ages 5-7, and possibly cooking classes. An open house/registration fair will be scheduled for later this summer.

Julie Rudd, pastor at Wilmington Friends Meeting, said, “We’re so excited to be making more use of our space! We were thinking and praying about how to open our building and make it more of a blessing. When Arcadia let us know that they were looking for an opportunity to grow, we jumped at the chance.”

Wilmington Friends Meeting already shares space with the Clinton County Adult Day Center, which provides care for elderly adults who are not able to stay at home alone. The church also hosts an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and offers studio space to local artists.

You can find out more about Wilmington Friends Meeting at www.wilmingtonfriendsohio.org, about Arcadia Learning Commons at www.arcadialearningcommons.org, and about the Clinton County Adult Day Center at www.clintoncountyadultdaycenter.org