Drumm Farm Drumm Beats

June 2015 
In this issue:
2015 Drumm Graduates
Education Program Update
Saak Family
Our Commitment to Kids
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Unity Village, Lee's Summit, MO
10K - 7:30am
5K run/walk - 8:00am

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Market news:

Drumm Farm Market is now open Saturdays 8am-noon!

We have zucchini, radishes, broccoli, kale, green onions, turnips, apple cider, jams and jellies, fresh breads and cinnamon rolls, pork, lamb, and of course eggs!

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2015 Dinner Benefactors:



Carman and Tom Duvall


Junerosity at Summit 
Custom Homes:
Starting June 1, Summit Custom Homes will donate $25 on behalf of Drumm Farm if you visit one of their model homes in the following communities. 
  • Foxberry Estates
  • Parkwood at Stoney Creek
  • Villas of Parkwood
  • Timber Trails
  • Brooks Farm
  • High Point at Creekmoor
  • Chapman Farms
If one of their homes is purchased they will donate $250.

Consider visiting these model homes and choose Drumm Farm Center for Children as your charity. Thank you Summit Custom Homes!
Drumm Farm Wish List:
  1. All sizes of storage containers with lids.
  2. Combination bike locks.
  3. Outdoor deck storage for outdoor toys.
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With our 96th birthday marked by a hugely successful Rhythm of Drumm Benefit Dinner, it is timely to set our sights on growing our ability to serve children. With foster care populations at historic highs locally, Drumm Farm is ready to meet this challenge by adding two new homes by the end of this year. As two new families are identified to turn houses into homes, Drumm Farm will serve more children in 2016 than any other year since our founding.

So much more is happening this summer. Our kids receive individual educational support as well as twice weekly "Tech Nights" aimed at improving their reading and math skills. The Drumm Farm Market is in full swing and the structure is nearing completion. Kids are participating in all aspects of the farm operation, including the growing of crops and the care of livestock. Nearly 30 lambs and goats were born here this spring and the 200 chickens produce nearly 50 dozen eggs each week.

This fall our trail system, started at the Comcast Day of Caring nearly three years ago, will be finished by volunteers; and a frisbee golf course will be built here on the campus (courtesy of lots of hard work selling dog treats at the Market). 

All this work to do a very simple thing: provide loving homes and quality services that give every child an opportunity to succeed today and tomorrow, and all the days ahead. We are so thankful for the loving support given to Drumm Farm, and we strive to earn it each and every day for the kids that need this place so very much.


Best regards, 


Brad Smith

Executive Director
Drumm Farm Center for Children, Inc



2015 Drumm Farm Graduates


Jasmine Medellin came to Drumm Farm in 2014 with house parents Patty and Jeff Nimmo. She graduated from Truman High School this May with a 3.0 GPA. Jasmine plans on attending Metropolitan Community College this fall. Although she is not certain about her long term plans, she is considering a field which involves working with children. Jasmine is the first female graduate of Drumm Farm Center for Children!
Congratulations Jasmine!




Shaquan Carter has been part of the COMPASS Independent Living Program since September 2014. He graduated from Lee's Summit High School where he was actively involved in the NJROTC program. He works with the animals and plants on the farm and has helped in construction of the high tunnel and green house. Shaquan also plans on attending Metropolitan Community College this fall where he will pursue his goal of becoming an EMT. 
Congratulations Shaquan!


Djemarley Occelin came to the COMPASS program two years ago following his graduation from high school. He began working on the farm and babysitting for the families on campus. Presently he is working for the Independence School District, Drumm Farm Golf Club, refereeing soccer and has become the Resident Assistant for our COMPASS program. He works hard while continuing his education at the community college. Djemarley was awarded a Drumm ring in special recognition of his accomplishments.     
Congratulations Djemarley!




May provides time to reflect and celebrate our first school year of the Drumm Educational Support Program. In total our Educational Support Team of teachers provided 659 hours of tutoring to students living at Drumm Farm and by the end of the year our assessments found that 73% of those students scored at their grade level benchmark. A special thank you to our dedicated teachers, Susan Bryner, Chere Semple, Chris Greenstreet and Beth Moreira, who provided first year instructional support to students both before and after school. A special thank you also goes to our families and students for their consistent participation in the program. These results are based upon a true team effort between our team of teachers, house parents, and of course, wonderful students!



Our team is already planning for the new school year and implementation of new resources to help students in reading and math. Our Drumm teachers will implement what was learned at a special training called Pathways to Reading in Holden, MO. The training week was full of helpful strategies and methods to support both beginning and fluent readers on campus.


As we transition into summer, students will have many opportunities to retain skills and concepts through our dynamic evening technology programs. Through their hard work, they will be set up for success in the fall when they head back to school! 

The Saak Family


Rob and Heather Saak have been married for 18 years and have been foster parents for 14. Over the years, they have adopted 8 children and have fostered right at 100. They have a long history here at Drumm Farm. The Saak's first lived at Drumm from 1999-2004, living in what is now the renovated Berkemeier House. Then they moved back to Drumm in 2011 to do it all again! 


Rob is a graduate of MU and works for Sprint while Heather graduated from Syracuse University and works for Drumm Farm Center for Children. Rob and Heather currently have 16 kids in the house ages 11 months - 16 years old. 


"Summer must be a crazy time in a house with so many kids. What's it like keeping them busy and active?"


Its always an adventure! Fortunately at Drumm there are many places to explore and plenty of kids ready to play a pick up game of pretty much anything. We also think it is important for the kids to have chores to do every day because learning to be part of a family requires that the kids understand how to contribute and do their part to make the family and community better as a whole. Some kids work out on the farm as an extension of what they are learning at home. Work can be fun and fulfilling at the same time, then when you're done, its play time!! FIshing, bike riding, exploring the woods, building forts, playing on the playground, sidewalk chalking masterpieces....all great opportunities to make memories and build meaningful connections.  


"What are the kids' favorite time of day during the summer?" 


The kids love it anytime they can get outside and play with the neighbor kids. There are some really competitive soccer, basketball, and wiffle ball games that happen in the quad area by the playground!! Hopefully soon we will be able to play in the sprinklers and have water balloon fights!! It is really awesome that there are so many kids around to play with.  


"You recently had the kids plant some garden boxes. How are their gardens doing?"


All of this rain is really keeping those plants watered! The kids check them frequently, but we don't have any produce yet (not surprising because they've only been planted for 2 weeks!). Everyone is excited for their yellow tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers!


Saak Summer Family Tip: 

Freeze Capri Suns for an easy hot day treat!







14th Annual Drumm Farm Golf Classic

Wednesday, October 7



2nd Annual Friends of Drumm Golf Tournament

Thursday, October 8



Forward Motion For Foster Families Charity Poker Run

Saturday, October 3

If you are interested in in sponsoring, playing or volunteering email Lisa.Dowd@drummfarm.org.


Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their goals in healthy & effective ways. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and educational services, highly trained and experienced 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.