Working with STEM Summer Enrichment
One of the highlights of my summer is volunteering to help with the STEM Summer Enrichment Program at Greater Bethel African American Church in South Nashville. I help with reading, writing, and story-telling. We have 27 at-risk African American children who range from first graders to sixth graders.
Nashville, as you likely have heard, is an "It" City. It is for those with money. For many families, it means painful displacement as former affordable housing is being pushed out by development. Each week I watch an African American family haul washers, dryers, and mattresses into U-Hauls and move away out of the city, in an attempt to find a home. Within the week, their house has been bulldozed. Three months later, tall, skinny houses that start at $700k have taken the place of a homestead.
That means that so many of our kids who are already at a disadvantage are shaken further. There is wobbliness, there is disorientation, there is suffering.
We want to continue our summer program into an ongoing after-school program, but it takes money! Please join me in helping these children.
If you would like to make a donation to support the program or to sponsor a child, please click on the link: https://www.gofundme.com/ExCELInc