It was a busy summer for participants in the Mary-Janel-Maggie Foundation.
This summer, the Foundation participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual summer food-service program.
While children were out of school, the program provided lunch. The foundation expanded the program so that participants also took part in the free Summer Enrichment Project, designed to encourage fun while learning during the week.
Approximately 35 children participated in the project with the goal of preparing children for the upcoming school year and for life in general. The children toured Dorchester Academy in Midway and registered for the Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading program. They also participated in daily workshops that included reading, writing, mathematics, arts and crafts, drama, dance, conflict resolution and healthy living.
After lunch, the children participated in outdoor activities. Fireman Otis Willis from the Richmond Hill Fire Department conducted fire-safety training, which consisted of an oral presentation and coloring sheets to complete.
On July 26, a Back-to-School Bash was held for the children, family and community members. Lunch was provided and all children were given backpacks with snacks, and all required and extra school supplies for the new school year. Jackie Boatwright volunteered her time and supplies to paint the children’s faces and was assisted by board Treasurer B. JoAnn Thomas.
Several businesses, communities and the MJM Foundation board members provided donations and time. Volunteers included CEO Charlene Harris, Director Joan Williams, Executive Director Spencer Clark, board Chairman Chris Stacy, board Co-Chairman Tomika Byrd, Thomas, the Rev. V. Olivia Hines-Latty, board member Rosetta Hendry, project coordinator Natalie Hines-Canada, Lariel Maxwell, Terrell Williams, Sampie Richards and Renee Brown.
Patricia Wynn and Terria Stevens from the city of Riceboro Careers Summer Youth Training Project assisted the volunteers.
The MJM Foundation Inc. and Georgia Coastal Youth Inc. will put on the inaugural 2-Person Captains Choice Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Cherokee Rose Country Club, 225 Cherokee Trail in Hinesville. For more information, call Spencer V. Clark at 803-363-0263 or Chris Stacy at 912-695-0481.
The MJM Foundation is a nonprofit organization at 487 Limerick Road in Midway.
The foundation provides youth opportunities for success through mentoring/enrichment projects and provides a safe haven for youth in the Freedman Grove, Fleming, Woodland Lakes, Lake George and Midway communities.
For more information about the MJM Foundation projects, call Charlene Harris at 884-9446.