Weekly Photo Challenge: For this week’s challenge, show us something that stands out from the everyday.
It’s a rare opportunity when parents are able to send their children to a week-long arts camp without shelling out even one penny. Yet, they were afforded that possibility this week through Mission Church, a Christian community in Appleton, WI. Since 2013, children in the area are able to come to the church during one week in August to dance, work with wood and clay, make cakes and drums, play games, paint, draw, eat snacks, have fun and commune with their God. When they are done for the day, a brown bag lunch is ready for them. At no cost. Arts Camp is supported by private donations, the church, and the goodness of community and volunteers. This year was quite the undertaking as enrollment increased from just under 200 children last year to 320 this year. I think the word got out that this was the place to be for children to create their own rare, one-of-a-kind masterpiece in a safe and welcoming environment.
survived served as a volunteer this week in visual arts, working with 23 second and third graders, I feel both worn out and blessed. Worn out because I’m not used to so much running and small people energy; blessed because it was an amazing, inspiring week surrounded by little faces that I am going to miss.
I may have to raise my hand again next year…