Summer camp starts at Emmanuel Baptist Church

June 23
00:30 2016

Special to The Chronicle

Instructors and Elders of the Kemet Academy Summer Camp completed the first week of classes, which began on June 13 and will continue until Aug. 18. The program lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The program is open to students ages 6-13.  It is held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Shalimar Drive.

Dr. Felecia Piggott-Long, the program director, is excited about working with the program.

“I directed the program 10 years ago before I completed my doctorate degree in African-American Literature. Some of my students have already graduated from high school and college. I am very proud of their success,” said Piggott-Long. “We want to support objectives from the Common Core that will help students become strong students in the fall. Statistically, students lose skills they have gained during the regular school year if they do not continue to strengthen their skills during the summer months.”

This summer, the curriculum is focused on reading, writing, math skills, and African-American History.  In addition, the students will participate in community service projects, field trips. social science projects and theatre arts.

The instructors include Piggott-Long, an English instructor at Carver High School, a historian, playwright and actress. Richard Rowell, an entrepreneur, writer, and lover of reading, will focus on enhancing reading comprehension. The mathematics concepts will be taught by Asha Piggott, a junior at North Carolina A&T State University. Piggott has a 3.6 GPA, and she majors in Graphic Communication Systems with a concentration in architecture.

The Kemet Academy is a part of the church’s Ujima Community Development Corporation. Hobart Jones, Mildred Peppers and Wanda McEachern, members of the CDC, are supportive of the school’s development.

For more information, call Piggott-Long at 336-692-0258 or call the church at 336-788-7023.  The Rev. Dr. John Mendez is the pastor of the Church.

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