Humanities Foundation kicks off its 2019 “Pinckney Group” Summer Camp Program with a field trip to the South Carolina State House.
In June, the children of Seven Farms Apartments located on Daniel Island began a three week summer camp program provided by the Humanities Foundation. The program offers a diverse array of activities, such as educational tours, arts and crafts, sports and recreation, technology and mentoring. The Program was established in response to the merciless acts upon the Emanuel Nine of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and is dedicated in memory of Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Rev. Pinckney was also a member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 45th District, and was a strong supporter of education and youth development.
This year, Humanities wanted to do something memorable for the campers to highlight Senator Pinckney’s significance by visiting the State House. Accompanied by Sergeant at Arms, Chuck Williams, the campers were given an educational and historical tour of the State House. The campers admired Williams as he demonstrated his duties with the State Sword, the symbol for the South Carolina Senate, which is placed in a cradle on the Senate rostrum whenever the Senate is in session. The group also gathered around Senator Pinckney’s desk to experience what it was like for Senator Pinckney to be in session and fight for education and youth development in South Carolina. In remembrance, the group accessed the Senate balcony catwalk and was photographed with Senator Pinckney’s portrait. “I was delighted to have the children from the Humanities Foundation summer camp join us at the State House for a tour. Our young people should all be given the opportunity to learn about our state’s government and visit our state’s capitol, and I am glad to have organized that opportunity for this wonderful group and next generation of leaders. The work the Humanities Foundation does for families that may be in need here in South Carolina is critically important, and treating their summer campers to a field trip to Columbia is just one of the many ways they strive to make life a little better for those they serve,” State Senator Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington), who facilitated the campers’ trip to the state capitol. The group then recharged at Jason’s Deli for lunch and cooled off with the deli’s popular “ice cream machine” before their next stop at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Where the campers exuded their energy with recreational activities and engaged themselves with hands-on exhibits.
Humanities thanks Senator Setzler, Williams and staff at the State House for their support and Davis Frawley and NAI Columbia for their sponsorship of the field trip. Enjoy the video!
The Humanities Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity with over 27 years of experience in the development and management of affordable housing. Enhancing the lives of the youth residing in our communities has become an important initiative. It is our goal to link economically disadvantaged, at-risk children to positive role models and leaders. We want to encourage our youth to become a positive asset to the community in which they live. In providing the summer camp program, space is created where children, many of whom might not be able to attend such a camp otherwise, can learn skills and receive the support that can help them grow into healthy successful adults. Paying for childcare, education and learning activities can be a struggle for families living below the area median income. The camp program allows families to allocate their resources towards creating more financial stability.