STEP offers experience outdoors for local students

Published 4:50 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STEP students also use the camp as an opportunity to conquer their fears.  Pictured is Demuntra Murray as he instructs his team on proper pedal boat techniques.

STEP students also use the camp as an opportunity to conquer their fears. Pictured is Demuntra Murray as he instructs his team on proper pedal boat techniques.

The Student Tutoring and Enrichment Program (STEP) , a 501c3 non- profit organization of Hayneville, sponsored a two-day Spring Break Camp at Camp Chandler.

Located in Camp Chandler in Wetumpka, operated by the Montgomery YMCA, the camp offers a large number of activities with well trained staff and a beautiful lake front location. 

These things, coupled with more than 80 years of tradition, make it one of the finest camp facilities in the South.

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Approximately 20 school-age students were provided with opportunities to participate in out-door activities that build relationships, develop leadership skills, decision making and create memories that last a lifetime. 

The students were also challenged to face their fears by engaging in activities that they had not experienced before, including archery, canoeing and paddleboat riding.

STEP sponsored the Spring Break Camp after ending its six-week after-school program. 

For more than 20 years, STEP has become known for its after-school and enrichment programs that expose children to experiences that they may not otherwise be privileged to take advantage of.

Many of them are offered at low to no cost to the parents. 

Drug prevention, mentoring, parent workshops, pre-school and after-school are just a few of the types of programs offered by STEP. 

Many a valedictorian and salutatorian have come through the doors of STEP in their early years. 

The upcoming valedictorian of the Calhoun Senior High Class of 2015 spent her pre-school years and many summer camps while in elementary school in STEP’s programs. 

For the past three summers, STEP has partnered with the Lowndes County Public Schools system in coordinating and implementing free field trips to students enrolled in the Summer Bridge program.

STEP’s programs are made possible in part by donations from Lowndes County commissioners, grants, the Town of Hayneville and private donations from parents, businesses and board members. 

Plans are now being made for STEP’s Summer Camp.

Donations are welcomed and are tax deductible. 

If you would more information about its programs and or become a contributor to STEP, feel free to contact its Director, Mrs. Shirley McCall at (334) 315-1239.