Meridian Star

July 20, 2013

Learning to help others

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Children in a summer camp are having fun while keeping their study skills sharp and learning the value of helping others.

    Daphne Boren, camp director at Russell Christian Academy, said children have been working all summer to prepare for a bike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    On Thursday, children were challenged to make 132 laps around the parking lot behind the school, earning $1 a lap for St. Jude.

    "The children have been conditioned since May 20. On Wednesdays we ride bikes, on Tuesdays and Thursdays we swim, and on Fridays we go on major outings throughout the Meridian area," Boren said.

    Children in camp also learn about the Bible, they work on math, reading, writing, and art for 13 weeks to keep the them conditioned to learning throughout the summer, Boren said.

    Dr. Mark Allison, headmaster of Russell Christian Academy, said the children are getting a good lesson on giving.

    "I think this is instrumental in them getting the idea that others need help," Allison said. "They are helping other children through contributing to St. Jude Hospital. This gives them a sense of purpose where they are not just riding bikes, they are doing it to help other people."

    Boren said giving should start early in life.

    "If you give back at this age, when you are older it's a given. You don't even have to think about it," Boren said. "That's something you do  — you take care of your own. That's the way we try to raise our children."