Drumm Farm Drumm Beats
 2013 Issue 3
In this issue:
Upcoming Events
Drumm Family Dinners
Eggs for Sale
TBRI® Implementation at Drumm
Supplies Needed
Competition in the Egg Business
New Arrivals at Drumm
Our Commitment to Kids
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Upcoming Events:
 The growing season is upon us!
Opening Day at 
Drumm Farmer's Market 
tentatively scheduled for 
Saturday, May 11 

Sold Out Dinner

Annual Benefit Dinner 


Thursday, May 9th, 2013




55 percent tax credit  
2013 Tax Credits for Sale  
Contact Brad Smith 
for more information
Drumm Family Dinners:

Are you a member of a group or community organization that is looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Each month, volunteers come to Drumm's Campus and host a Family Dinner, where Drumm staff, Families, Children and Young Adults all come together to enjoy a family style meal.

If you have an interest in being a part of this program, please contact our Program Manager,  
Heather Saak.
Eggs for Sale

Our Free Range Chickens are laying eggs! Eggs are being sold for $4 per dozen.
If you are interested in purchasing farm-fresh eggs, please contact Farm Manager, Lucas Signorelli at 373-3434 or to Email click Here.
Living at Drumm Farm:
Are you a foster family interested in making Drumm a bigger part of your lives? As Drumm looks to the future, our plan includes adding additional foster families on campus. Interested families can find the application at the link below. For more information contact our Program Manager, Heather Saak, by email.

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This week, the annual Drumm Benefit Dinner marks 94 years of providing  homes for children in need. We will be celebrating a rich history, an expanding program of services and exciting plans for the future. This year, with the significant assistance of U. S. Engineering, the dinner will be held in a remodeled Thomson Hall:  air conditioned, new windows and "kid useful". This year's dinner is a jeans preferred pig roast party!

So much is happening at Drumm:  the Logan House remodel is nearly complete, the HBA donated Garden Cottage is scheduled for a June finish, Drumm's updated zoning will be approved by August, and a new exterior loop road, main parking lot and entrance will be taking shape by the end of this year. All of these accomplishments are directly connected to your ongoing support of Drumm.  As the dinner closes on May 9th, we will be inviting guests to tour Logan House and see how your support makes this place a home for kids.


Brad Smith
Executive Director 
Drumm Center for Children
Helping Kids Heal
Drumm families and staff utilize Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) to help kids heal.    
Led by Drumm's Clinical Director, Dr. Matt Loehr, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., staff and families at Drumm are utilizing TBRI® methods and strategies to positively impact the healing process in our kids. Developed at TCU's Institute of Child Development, led by Dr. Karen Purvis and Dr. David Cross, TBRI® is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect. Drumm has partnered with the Independence School District as we implement these strategies so that we may provide wrap-around support to our kids.  Below is the first in a series of "tidbits" aimed at helping to educate foster and adoptive families and support providers.
TBRI® "tidbits" taken from The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.
 Dad and Son Checkers
The Redo- The redo is designed to help children learn from their mistakes.  When a child does not behave in an acceptable way, consider this a opportunity to  teach instead of a time to discipline.  In an upbeat manner, ask the child to re-do their behavior in a way they know is appropriate. If the child is having difficulties do this, be a model for them and personally show them how their actions should look. Let the child repeat the redo several times and make sure to praise the child when they complete their redo successfully.
Kitchen Supplies Needed
COMPASS program looks to expand its reach in the kitchen.


Hand Mixer As the COMPASS program grows and evolves, we are in need of a few kitchen supplies to aid in the cooking process:
  • large muffin pans  
  • a variety of sizes of glass baking dishes with lids (oven safe)  
  • 2-10" deep dish glass pie plates 
  • hand mixer
  • quality can opener

Also needed around Campus:

  • 3 large coolers
  • plastic storage bins
The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive and Well
Drumm Kid, Kody, looks to make a profit as he explores the art of raising livestock.


Kody and Chicken After spending a year tending to the free-range chickens that live here at Drumm, Kody had an idea. He was sure, that with a little start up help from his mom and dad,  he could create an egg-laying empire right in his backyard (here at Drumm), and sell the eggs for profit. With a business card in tow, and his chickens secure in their own special coop and run, Kody is preparing to have his eggs ready to sell by mid-summer. He plans to set up shop right next to Drumm's Farmer's Market Stand each Saturday. Even though Kody must focus much of his time on his own brood now, he still manages to care for Drumm's chickens as well. And, while the arrival of Kody's chickens means that Drumm has an egg competitor among one of our own... we congratulate Kody on his entrepreneurial spirit and happily welcome the competition! 
Welcome to Drumm!
A few new faces head to campus as we expand our reach.
Planted Field
Nutrition Manager, Jodi Hayes
Jodi joins the Drumm Team wearing a ton of different hats! With extensive experience in livestock and agriculture, plus a passion for sustainability and healthy eating, Jodi is the perfect candidate as we look to better utilize our own resources to help feed our kids and families at Drumm, as well as expand our livestock and garden. While in charge of preparing meals for the young men in the COMPASS program, Jodi will also begin preparing a meal once a week for families that live at Drumm. In addition, she will help to coordinate campus get-togethers and help families best utilize produce and goods on the farm. Jodi's unique perspective will be sure to positively impact Drumm's ability to find success in this area!

Summer Farm Helper, Pat Barron
Pat comes to us from PNC Bank-Chicago, and is working his way towards a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota. He will stay on through the summer, helping with garden operations, as well as assisting with the Kids' Gardening Program. We're excited to have Pat on the farm, and the kids have instantly warmed to his great sense of humor and (seemingly unlimited) patience!

Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their case goals in a healthy, effective, and streamlined way. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and parent-aid services, trained professional licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve individual success for each child.

Contact Us to see how you can be a part of the great things happening here at 

Drumm Farm Center for Children!

Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.