F.L.A.G. is flying at Empowerment Center

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Children, teachers and aides paused for a photo on Monday during the F.L.A.G. summer camp at the Octavene H. Saunders Empowerment Center on Pine Street in Cambridge.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Children, teachers and aides paused for a photo on Monday during the F.L.A.G. summer camp at the Octavene H. Saunders Empowerment Center on Pine Street in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE – It’s been a busy summer of fun, education and team building for children attending the Fun Learning About God (F.L.A.G.) camp, held at the Octavene H. Saunders Empowerment Center on Pine Street.

About four dozen youths ages 5-13 have been at the nonprofit camp Monday through Thursday, where adult and teen teachers and aides have guided them through Gospel lessons, physical education, academic review, arts, crafts and just fun.

“Our goals are to provide care to the kids and to introduce them to special projects,” camp leader Joyce Green said.

“We’re building leaders,” Pastor Alvin Payne of the Seventh Day Adventist Church said.

The program is supported by donations. “We got grants from local foundations and churches,” Julia Barker said.

The Maryland Food Bank provides breakfast and lunch every day, then the children get started on their activities and fun — on a recent morning, they were enjoying a movie seen on a projector donated by Choptank Electric Cooperative.

On Thursday, the camp will conclude with a party in Governors Hall at Sailwinds Park, complete with inflatable bounce houses and more. “We’re ending it with a bang,” Pastor Payne said with a smile.

With the school year approaching, the board of the Empowerment Center is preparing for their next service to local children. “This will lead into our after-school project, which will begin in October,” Ms. Green said.

From Monday through Thursday, 2:30-5 p.m., children may attend the program, where they will get help with homework, learn computer skills, do arts and crafts, and enjoy projects with the 4-H Club twice a month.

The Octavene H. Saunders Empowerment Center is at 615B Pine St. To learn more or to donate to the program, call Ms. Green at 410-901-1397.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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