When you think about the cost of music lessons and sports lessons, and then add in a membership to a local museum, it is easy to see how children living in poverty miss out on many of life's enriching experiences. The difference these can make in a child's education is addressed here.
With thanks for the donations that so many people have given us, in addition to grant funding from Episcopal Charities Foundation in Atlanta, the children in Path To Shine are building their life experiences. From an "all-you-can-eat" restaurant buffet to a Braves baseball game, an animal shelter to a petting zoo, a hike in the woods to the movies, museum visits to a Trolley Bus ride.
We have so much more to explore and share with the children! If you would like to make a donation to fund an outing, you can do so here and leave a note in the comment field of how you would like the money to be applied. Contact us if you have an idea or a connection for an outing that the children would enjoy.
School's out and for many children this is a time for excursions and the opportunities for learning referenced above. But for at-risk children the “achievement gap” gets wider and they fall further behind. With summer instruction, under-served children can maintain the skills learned during the school year, and start the next school year ready to learn instead of immediately struggling to keep up. Click here for a short article about summer learning.
Van Rental and Admission Donations
Transportation and admissions costs are one of the biggest obstacles to providing enrichment outings for the children in our programs. Please consider donating to help with those costs. By using the button below, your funds will go directly toward these two costs.
Path To Shine offers Vacation Bible School at no charge at each of our locations for the children enrolled in our programs. We also work with organizations that provide summer lunches such as MUST in Cobb County, and use this opportunity as a time to connect with the children and to invite them into some fun learning. We share theme-based activities and lessons incorporating not only the educational component but also story-time, crafts, and play-time; and we hand out books for the children to take home. We are thankful to Episcopal Charities Foundation for awarding a grant that enables us to provide summer programming.
Sleep-Away Camp for Rising 6th graders
For children who can go away to summer camp, the experience can be life-changing. According to one mother, on her child's return "He did not stop talking about everything that he did, the new friends he made, and how he wants to go back next year. " She went on to say, "I could not believe it. THANK THANK THANK you for the opportunity you gave our son, and us. He came back super happy and joyful. We were scared at first but we did it, and thank God we made the right decision." What a great start to empowering this young boy as he gets ready to go to middle school.
Will you help send a child to camp next summer?