Monday, June 27, 2011
Local Summer Camps Teaching Children to Give Back
While the children at the Bridge Learning Centers in the region are experiencing the normal summer camp activities, they are also learning about local non-profit organizations.
About 450 campers from the five area facilities — Bridge Learning Center in Carrollton, Bay Springs Academy in Villa Rica, Stonebridge Academy in Bremen, Mirror Lake Academy Villa Rica, and Luella Academy in McDonough — are joining with non-profits, one a week throughout the summer program as representatives from the organizations speak to the students.
“We were a little worried with five locations it would be difficult to get people to come out on their own time, but they’ve been great,” said Brandy Barker, director of marketing and program specialist. “We’ve had directors, employees from the different organizations talk to the kids about what the program does and how what (the children) are doing helps.”
So far this summer, the students, ages 5 to 12, have collected books for the Salvation Army, teddy bears for the local police departments, and collected items for the Carroll County Women’s Shelter.
“The guest speakers come in to talk about what they do and how the work they do will affect their direct community,” Barker said.