2017-08-03 / News

Summer Camp feeds, educates, exercises 150 kids


Indoor activities like drum demonstrations (left) and outdoor activities as well kept some 150 young people engaged during Wilkes County Community Partnership’s Summer Camp held in June and July. Indoor activities like drum demonstrations (left) and outdoor activities as well kept some 150 young people engaged during Wilkes County Community Partnership’s Summer Camp held in June and July. The Wilkes County Community Partnership’s 2017 Summer Camp, funded by the City of Washington, served 150 youths June 19-July 13 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Reese Booker Center and Park; at Third Shiloh’s Reverend G.L. Avery Center; and at the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department.

Each day, breakfast was served to 70 youths, and 80 youths received lunch. Bus service was provided for pick up and drop off daily. The average daily attendance was 110. The Summer Food Service Program was available to children ages 2-18 however, children under age five had to be accompanied by a parent or older sibling.

Former staff members, new members, adults, high school and college young people, and WIOA Out-of School Youth comprised the 2017 summer staff, totaling 15. Horace Jordan was the camp director and Wilhelmina Melonson was the camp supervisor. There were a total of 10 mentors, tutors, and volunteers, which included 90-year-old “Ms. Minnie,” parents, and retired teachers. Special thanks were extended to Robin Booker and Dyann Jackson for providing the academic component.


Scores of kids at Summer Camp got breakfast and lunch daily. Scores of kids at Summer Camp got breakfast and lunch daily. Activities included basketball, soccer, kickball, swimming, water games, arts and crafts, drumming, indoor games, outdoor play, and the academic component (for grades K-5), along with Substance Abuse Prevention (funded by the Wilkes County Commission) and Teen Pregnancy Prevention sessions (funded by Augusta Partnership for Children through the Office of Adolescent Health).

Roxeann Cobb was the lead facilitator, and Shanalie Chambers was the assistant facilitator.

Approximately 50 youths attended the morning youth sessions of the Third Shiloh Missionary Baptist Sunday School and BTU Conference July 12-13.

Gifts, donations, and contributions were received from Rev. and Mrs. Edward Anderson, EMS Director Blake Thompson, White Rock Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Charlie Maddox, Third Shiloh Moderator Rev. Reginald Hunter, W-WPRD Director Alvin Jones, and the following churches: Bethlehem, Booker’s Chapel, Cherry Grove, Episcopal Churchwomen, Lexington Avenue Church of Christ, Mulberry, New Ford, New Saints C.M.E., Pole Branch, Springfield, and Trinity.

The Wilkes County Community Partnership is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families in Washington-Wilkes. For further information, or to volunteer, call Amethyst Wynn at 706-678-7570.

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