By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
INDIANTOWN -- On Aug. 27, R3, an outreach and rehabilitation ministry, will be producing a talent showcase full of dancing, singing, reciting, even an African tribal show, all in the hope of inspiring dreams.
It will be a "Night of Extravaganza" as elementary to high school students present their talents to the public, many for the very first time.
R3 is a nonprofit organization that aims to restore, revitalize and rebirth at-risk teens and those who have spent time in the juvenile justice system by mentoring, instilling values and leading them in a positive direction. R3 also runs two residential facilities, one for boys and one for girls.
"There's so much that we do," said administrator Leann Kikivarakis. "We're there to restore them."
The first ever talent showcase is a precursor to R3's new performing arts center that will open at Thomas Power Park at the end of September.
When the performing arts program launches on Sept. 30, students will have access to ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop classes and more, but for now, the kids involved in the R3 program are excited to be showcasing their talents for all of Martin County and beyond.
Ms. Kikivarakis hopes that the event will show the community what talent can be found in Indiantown and that an auditorium filled with people will show the kids that somebody cares.
"I believe this is going to give them some hope," Ms. Kikivarakis said. "We're creating a dream."
The event is free, but R3 will be accepting donations so they can continue to transform lives and keep at risk youth reaching toward a goal.
The entire community is invited to attend the Night of Extravaganza at Indiantown Middle School at 6 p.m. to show the students their support. Support that Ms. Kikivarakis believes is vital to the students' growth and success.
"It's their time to shine," said Ms. Kikivarakis. "I think it's really going to spark a flame in them."