EAST LAURINBURG — About 75 students, aged 6 to 14, have completed Partners in Ministry’s six-week “Summer Food and Fun Camp.”
During a recent closing ceremony, students presented projects on robots, vocabulary skill building, and math. Students built small scale bridges, constructed a lava lamp using only a water bottle, oil, water, and an Alka-Seltzer tablet, and performed several musical and drama skits. Each student was gifted with a new book.
Through partnerships with churches and local organizations, Partners in Ministry offers a Youth Program, Housing Repair Program, and Resource and Referral Program to Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and parts of Hoke and Cumberland Counties.
“… We wanted to make sure there was no learning lost over the summer,” said Dr. Melba McCallum, executive director of Partners in Ministry and a Deaconess with the United Methodist Church. “With the certified teachers that are here, to teach reading, and also the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) they did a lot of hands on with the disciplines. They were very expressive during our closing program with what they learned over the summer… .”
Willie Campbell’s granddaughter attended the program.
“… Before I enrolled my granddaughter, I came to check out the program and see what they would be doing. I didn’t want them to just be coming here, like it’s a babysitting program.
“My granddaughter was having a lot of problems reading. When she started here, I noticed her fluency when she was asked to read a scripture from the Bible at home. She didn’t make any mistakes, which is uncommon for most children. From the first day, they were all looking forward to coming. They didn’t want to miss one day … .”
Partners in Ministry is developing a new after school program called “SYSTEM” which stands for Strengthening Youth through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This program is for students who live in and attend school in Scotland County and are in grades 3-6. For information, contact Partners in Ministry at 910-277-3355 or visit our website at www.rdpim.org.