MOUNT ZION, St James — There's nothing lazy about this summer for 75 children attending the Mount Zion Summer Enrichment Programme at Mount Zion Primary School in St James.
The children, ages six to 14, are participating in literacy classes, as well as sessions in arts and crafts, photography, interpretative dance, chess, drama, public speaking, instrumental music and vocals.
A sports-themed programme offers participation in cricket, baseball and football. A healthful lunch is also provided daily.
"All children deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential," said Dr Earl Glenn, camp sponsor. "We bring this variety of classes and experiences to expose children and tap into their creativity. We believe if they can first conceive and then believe that they can be successful--they can and will achieve."
The children were selected from Mount Zion Primary School and the surrounding communities for the free programme which is funded through Unconditional Love for Children, Inc. and The Earl and Carolyn Glenn Foundation, Inc., both non-profit corporations.
Diane Duggin and Link's Chapters of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Reston, Virginia, also contributed to the camp.
One of the highlights of the camp is the parent/community micro-economics component designed to give hope to parents and enable them to create their own businesses.
"More than 30 parents and residents show up every day with enthusiasm and excitement and remain in class for three -long hours learning and understanding how indigent people in other countries have changed their lives and their communities and how they can achieve the same right here at Mount Zion," said Carolyn Glenn, camp sponsor. "We brought this component to the camp because we know that when parents are happy, healthy and successful, their children and the larger community will benefit as well."
The three-week enrichment programme began on July 9 and runs through July 27.
The children will today perform in a special event that pays tribute to Jamaica's 50th anniversary of emancipation. This ceremony will encompass the skills and knowledge learned in all of their classes.
Some 40 volunteers are involved in running the programme including participants from the Atlanta and DeKalb County in Georgia and college students, faculty and staff from Georgia Perimeter College in metro Atlanta.