Thanks to a grant from the Shenandoah Presbytery, the Front Royal Presbyterian Church CANCELLED Vacation Bible School and replaced it with a summer learning camp titled Superhero Summer. It is targeted towards low-income elementary school children in the Front Royal community. The poverty level in the community is at a staggering 17%, with a significant amount of those children and youth. At camp, they have individualized time spent in reading and math tutoring, STEM programs that focus on sustainability and alternative fuel, recreation and a community leaders program that introduces kids to area leaders. They are fed breakfast, a snack, and lunch and are given food to take home for dinner.
The program is in its second year and has been embraced by two churches — Front Royal Presbyterian and Calvary Episcopal. We are crossing not only cultural and economic hurdles but denominational hurdles as well as we continue to live into our Matthew 25 vision.
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