For children at Sojourner House MOMS, summer was packed with educational experiences. With field trips, science lessons, and creating their own works of art, the children at MOMS had a full itinerary.
Days began with certified teachers arriving in the early morning to prepare lesson plans and activities. These teachers, provided thanks to the generous support of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, joined MOMS staff and volunteers in eagerly and passionately leading the camp. Daily enrichment activities spanned multiple educational disciplines. LabRatz science club performed science experiments each week and ArtExpressions allowed the campers to express themselves through their own creativity. Weekly educational field trips included adventures to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, The Carnegie Science Center, the Citiparks Spray Park, and even a visit from the Roving Art Cart. With breakfast and lunches provided by the City of Pittsburgh Summer Foods Program, moms could rest assured that their children were eating a solid meal and were able to focus on their work, schooling or Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous groups. MOMS Family Support Specialist and Art Therapist Jennifer Joyce noted, “The kids really enjoy coming to camp every day. It’s a chance for them to learn and grow outside of their comfort zone and gain so many new experiences.”
The summer of activities and adventures ended with an ice cream social and art exhibition for parents and family members to attend with their young campers. Kids were sad to leave, but the promise of an exciting school year is right around the corner. The summer camp wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the Sojourner House MOMS staff who attended the camp daily and helped organize activities all summer long.