Summer should be a happy time for children. But for many Chester parents, summer is a time to worry about their childen’s safety. In the words of one mother, “We live amid the constant threat of guns and violence in our neighborhood.” A few years ago, one of her son’s close friends was killed. Last summer was different for this mother. Her three children attended Chester Eastside’s Summer Enrichment Camp, and for the ﬁrst time, “the children not only felt safe but had the chance to talk about their fear.”
The Summer Enrichment Camp is about a lot more than children’s fears. It opens new horizons – experiences like learning to swim and exploring museums. One can see children responding as their world opens up beyond their immediate surroundings.
It’s also a time for them to appreciate ways in which they can impact on that world. Last summer’s theme, “My city needs something – and it starts with you and me,” resonated with the young campers, as reﬂected in the original poems some wrote.
You can be part of that awakening experience. A small investment can pay rich dividends that go on for years. By contributing $220, you can pay the cost of giving one child that summer camp experience. $300.00 will cover the cost of one bus to take our children on local trips. $500.00 will allow us to pay a stipend to an art teacher to work one day a week for four (4) weeks.
So please consider making a donation (tax deductible) to ensure that our camp is fully funded and that our children receive the best enrichment and educational opportunities possible.
We look forward to your continued support.
Rev. Bernice Warren Executive Director