WALLACE — Grace Temple Fellowship Church offered summer enrichment for pre-K through 12th-grade students in math and English language arts for three weeks this summer.
The sessions were integrated with Harambee, a Swahili word which means “pulling together” and character education. The first session began on July 14 and ended on July 31 with a trip to White Lake Water Park. The sessions were held four days per week from 9 a.m. to noon.
All of the sessions began with a group Harambee session that included songs and chants, prayer, read-aloud guests and announcements. Read-aloud guests were all men from Grace Temple. The entire three-week program, which included snacks for the students, was sponsored by donors.
Certified teachers volunteered their time to promote the program. The sessions were divided as follows: Pre-K and kindergarten, first and second grades, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades.
The emphasis in math for third through eighth-graders was fractions, percentages and decimals. The emphasis in math for high school students was on solving word problems and SAT/ACT preparations. In English language arts, the emphasis was reading. Each student kept a reading log of books read according to grade bands.
On the last day of the program, special awards were given that reflected good character, participation by students and adults and reading awards. As a culminating activity, the students enjoyed an expenses-paid trip to the White Lake Water Park in White Lake, North Carolina, which included a cookout.
Organizers thanked Pastor Anthony T. Waymyers for his vision for the summer enrichment program to provide assistance and meaningful instruction in ELA and math to the Grace Temple students. The program is scheduled to return for a second year in 2016.