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Free summer learning for all ages

June 14, 2004

Pelham - For kids and teens, summer is usually a time to play video games and play outside, but one south Georgia church is filling free time with ABC's and 123's.

It's a way to keep minds sharp during off months and, better yet, it doesn't cost a dime.

Schools out, but young kids need their playful energy to go somewhere. Five-year-old Tanijha Williams says, "We go outside and play and color."

They are also learning how to read and multiply. Tanijha says she looks up to the teachers and counselors because they remind her of school.

Teachers and teens working for free and students learning for free. Fifteen-year-old high school volunteer, Zadashia Ross, says, "It's good to see these kids happy and wanting to learn."

It's the first summer program at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church in Pelham. Four-year-old Christian Sharps smiles and adds, "I like it."

He likes it because he doesn't even notice he's learning.  The kids are spending everyday away from home and inside the make shift classroom keeping their brains energized during summer months.

St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church in Pelham also provides free meals and transportation. There are still openings for all Mitchell County school age children.

The program ends June 30th.

posted at 6:40PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com