Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth

Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth
Students at The Carpenter’s Shop Center Summer Camp took part in a STEM experiment, making dry ice clouds.

The Carpenter’s Shop Center Summer Camp was buzzing with activity on June 17 when more than 30 Teen Tutors met with the Center’s elementary school campers (K-6th grades) to begin an intensive one-on-one summer reading program sponsored by READ USA. The Teen Tutors, trained and funded through a grant from the Kids Hope Alliance, came prepared to work daily with campers for five weeks to improve their reading skills over the summer.

A Teen Tutor helps a summer camper improve his reading skills.
A Teen Tutor helps a summer camper improve his reading skills.

            In addition to the teens, wearing their red READ USA aprons, the Carpenter’s Shop Center had another Monday morning visitor in red. Anne Nimnicht, a past-chairman of the annual PLAYERS Championship golf tournament, made her inaugural visit to the Center.  Wearing her traditional Red Coat denoting her status as chairman, Nimnicht was taken on a tour of the Center and observed several summer camp activities, including a STEM demonstration on dry ice clouds by Pastor Clint Wilder, an exciting real estate venture underway by the middle schoolers, Teen Tutors pairing up with their students, and much more. 

Anne Nimnicht shows Pastor Clint Wilder’s students how dry ice clouds disappeared when she clapped her hands.
Anne Nimnicht shows Pastor Clint Wilder’s students how dry ice clouds disappeared when she clapped her hands.

            To thank Nimnicht for the generous Red Coat donation from the 2019 PLAYERS Championship, Dr. Cheryl Wilder showed Nimnicht the 1985 bus, “Old Yeller,” that will now be replaced as a result of the Red Coat donation. “Old Yeller has been delivering students to the Center for many years now,” said Wilder, adding that the aged bus was more than ready to be retired.             

Dr. Cheryl Wilder with Anne Nimnicht and the 34-year-old school bus “Old Yeller.”
Dr. Cheryl Wilder with Anne Nimnicht and the 34-year-old school bus “Old Yeller.”

            “We are so grateful for our many community partners,” said Cheryl Wilder. “The generous donations of time and treasure from READ USA, the Kids Hope Alliance, the Red Coats, and so many others, are greatly benefitting the 120 children served by this Center year-round.”

By Susan D. Brandenburg

Resident Community News

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