Grant to WAU Will Support Lunch and Learn Summer Youth Activities

TAKOMA PARK, MD (May 28, 2014) --The City of Takoma Park has approved a $6,000 grant to Washington Adventist University (WAU) to support a summer day camp program for up to 100 children and teens, ages 7 to 16. The program will provide a much-needed resource for low-income families, who struggle to find affordable activities for their children in the summer. The summer day camp will operate from June 16 through August 10 on the WAU campus at 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park.

"I am thrilled that this summer's camp has garnered so much support from the county, the city, our community, Washington Adventist Hospital, and WAU.  Our investment in our city's youth is an investment in our community,” said Takoma Park Councilmember Jarrett Smith.  “I am anxious to kick off this year's Lunch & Learn Summer Camp and meet the parents of the youth who will walk away from this program ready to learn even more about what higher achievement really means."

“It’s not enough to tell our youth what to do, we must show them a better way,” said summer camp coordinator Curtis Watkins.  “The summer camp is an excellent example of how combining resources and human capital will create better short- and long-term outcomes for today’s youth.”

The summer program will give participants an opportunity to rediscover their creativity; improve their social skills in an environment of cooperation and respect; explore new interests; and enhance their quality of life.  Exposure to the WAU campus, professors and students will also serve to inspire participants to seek higher education.

In addition to support from the City of Takoma Park, the summer program will be offered in collaboration with Montgomery County government, which is providing a $45,000 County Executive Community Grant to support performing arts training and soccer camp activities; grant; Montgomery County Public Schools, which will provide free lunches each day for all enrolled participants; and Educare – a research-based program that prepares at-risk children for school – which will provide management support for daily operations.

Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,050 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu