Zion Traveler Baptist Church sponsored an enrichment program this summer. The program, under Maurice White’s pastoral leadership, served 20 children and gave students an opportunity to polish skills they learned during the school year.
“They worked on some math, science, social studies, reading.
“They go to the library and do research,” said White.
“Previously we had a state funded summer enrichment program but due to budget cuts, it was cut .
“We decided to fund it ourselves as a church this summer.”
Community members taught the eight-to-12 year olds table etiquette, exposed them to different cultures and gave them financial advice.
“We want to help them be well-rounded citizens,” said White.
The church also took students on field trips, one of which was a tour of Grambling State University.
The children met representatives from the mass communication department.They toured the television and radio stations, in addition to The Gramblinite newsroom.
KGRM General Manager Joyce Evans allowed the children to speak on the air and gave them a tape of the recording.
Grambling State University assistant professor Dr. Pamela Payne served as the instruction coordinator for the enrichment program.
She is a member of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the university.
The program was White’s vision, said Dr. Payne, who added that she was just his vehicle.
Nursing senior Mia Daigs of Ruston worked with the camp this summer.She said the children liked the experience.
“They enjoyed the campus and absolutely loved the Eddie Robinson museum,” said Daigs.
The two month program cost $50 per child.
Zion Traveler Baptist Church is located at 1201 Martin L King Drive Ruston, LA 71270-6125.
Call (318) 255-0552 for additional information.