The week of July 7th 2008 was full of new experiences for the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Lakewood Branch. With the support of Bill White, head of upper school at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, about 25 Club members were invited to the campus to enjoy activities such as photography, ceramics, and pottery. Charles Wright opened up their campus to the kids and staff members from 9a-2p this past week to give the kids an all expenses paid field trip!
Each morning the kids, ranging in age from 9 to 12 years old, were picked up in a Charles Wright Academy bus and delivered to the campus. Their days were filled with fun activities and new experiences such as film development and pottery. Club member Angelica said, ‚ÄúI liked that we got to make stuff with our hands and that we got to make real pictures.‚Äù They were all given disposable cameras as well as the opportunity to experiment with Photoshop and expand their minds around the new technology. Sarah Sadlier of Charles Wright Academy said, ‚ÄúMeeting the kids from the Boys & Girls Club was a neat experience, it was a great opportunity to help the community in a familiar environment.‚Äù
This was a very unique way for the Charles Wright Academy to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs by offering their resources to join with the Boys & Girls Clubs to create new experiences for the kids. It also allowed the Club members to explore different activities that they may not have been introduced to otherwise. Maddison Spencer said, ‚ÄúMy favorite thing about this week was when we were in the dark room, because we were laughing the whole time!‚Äù The activities were so successful that they want to continue doing this into the future. Younger kids at the Clubs, ages 6 to 8 will also be given the opportunity to visit the Charles Wright campus in the following weeks for lessons in pottery and ceramics.
Through partnerships such as this, our community becomes stronger as a whole and our kids learn valuable skills that they can pass on to others. Frank of Charles Wright stated, ‚ÄúThe kids were fun and they all really seemed to like making art, which made working with them all the better, I hope to do this again.‚Äù