2017-09-13 / News

Kiwanians donate to organizations during June 26 meeting


Pictured, from left, are Daniel Collins, Kevin Crabtree, Elaine Penny, April Stone and Carla Johnson. 
submitted Pictured, from left, are Daniel Collins, Kevin Crabtree, Elaine Penny, April Stone and Carla Johnson. submitted At the June 26, meeting of the Roxboro Kiwanis Club held at La Piazza restaurant, Elaine Penny with the Person County Girl Scouts was presented a check in support of the program.

The North Carolina Coastal Pines Council, of which Person County is a part, includes 40 counties, from here to the coast.

A day camp is scheduled in Orange County this summer. There are also three resident camping programs, the closest one being in Vance County.

The Girl Scouts program covers ages kindergarten through 12th grade.

There are bronze, silver and gold awards for the girls to achieve, the latter being the equivalent of the Boy Scouts Eagle award.

There are between 40- 50 girls involved in Person County, with six active troops, many of which are multi-level age-wise.

Kevin Crabtree with the Person County Sheriff ’s Department received a check in support of the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program. This began in Person County in 2006 and a summer camp began in 2007.

Over 2,200 kids have been served since that time.

Four different five-day camps are held each summer, without charge.

An educational session is held in the morning, and an escape room exercise has been added this year to encourage team building.

In the afternoon, there are recreational activities such as swimming, boating and fishing.

A Palace Pointe session is included as well.

Rising sixth to ninthgraders are the age ranges.

United Way and Person County Schools have been partners of the program.

A local group has also gone to El Salvadore to present the program in that country.

Daniel Collins, executive director with Person County Habitat for Humanity, was presented with a contribution from the club. He emphasized that Habitat helps people who are trying to improve themselves.

Habitat is a Christian ministry that began in Americus, Georgia.

Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and it seeks to put God’s love into action in the process.

Collins informed that about 30 percent of Person County families are cost burdened, meaning that they pay more than 30 percent of their total income for housing.

There are three requirements of the program; being in need of better housing, being willing to provide 300 hours of sweat equity to Habitat, not just on their own home, and the ability to pay for a mortgage, which is a zero interest home loan from Habitat.

Carla Johnson, coordinator with Parents As Teachers (PAT), received a contribution from the club in support of the program.

Parents As Teachers works with children birth to five years of age. PAT collaborates with Person County Schools and has worked with 187 participants this year.

PAT makes home visits, during which a free book for the child is presented.

PAT partners with the library and the housing authority on literacy issues as well.

A playroom has been added to its facilities at the Person County Office Building.

April Stone with Reading is Fundamental indicated that there are 160 three and four year olds served at Earl Bradsher Preschool. Three times per year a free book is provided to each child, and read to the students by volunteers from the Kiwanis Club and the Key Club. This is a project in which the club has been involved for a number of years.

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