Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Dorchester County School District Four (DD-4)
It has been said that “Every great dream begins with a dreamer, and to always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for stars to change the world.” A quote by Harriet Tubman that defines the many characteristics granted to the children, of the miniscule city of Ridgeville.
At the Ridgeville Community Resource Center, a very modern, kind-hearted, Angie Lee Crum, once the leader of the Ridgeville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has devoted her time from fighting for civil rights, to fighting for the futures of the Town of Ridgeville’s Children, through a caring summer camp program.
Giving back to the children joyous fun, great lunch, love, compassion, and a place to take a load off, from every day stresses. On Thursday, July 18, 2013 the camp threw a brilliant Community Helpers Show and Tell Day spectacle to coincide with the fellow camp. Not only to open up these kids’ minds to the working world, but also to encourage them to reach the bars.
With a stunning line up of working class men and women including: an EMS Specialist, Mr. Tommy Keeser, fellow United States Army Sergeant Tukes Barry, police officers, to include Ridgeville’s Chief of Police, Mr. Quinton Joyner, Dorchester County Sherriff Department’s own Mr. William Bense, and South Carolina Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant and Dorchester County Fireman Rescuers Scott Daniels and others. Throughout the day the children went through the helper’s various careers. First, meeting the EMS Specialist, Mr. Tommy Keeser, who showed us his truck, we learned how very safe we were, for the truck was equipped to save the larger adult population to minors and infants. Second, we ventured on to the state of South-Carolina’s Senior Trooper Wyant, the Town of Ridgeville’s greatest Police Officer Chief Joyner, and Dorchester County Sherriff Department’s own Lt.Will Bense. The children learned from the state and city officers the importance of seatbelt safety, and encouraged them to reach all their dreams. The children then went on that day to visit a fellow man of arms in the United States Military Tukes Barry, and Dorchester County Fire Rescuers Scott Daniels and others. They both showed them the ropes; Sergeant Tukes Barry, taught the importance to keep their minds open when it came to going out into the consumer, and working world, to explore their options and possibilities, the sky’s the limit. Finally ending with the fire-rescuers who showed how quick, and fast they hurry in emergencies, to keep our cities and towns safe, we were also given a tour of the truck, including the giant tank that carries 1600 gallons of water, to keep us under their wings, keep us safe, and care for us during fires.
The Community Helpers Show and Tell Day was a spectacular endeavor, and will forever have an influence in the camp’s children’s lives; there is no doubt in my mind these children will have what they need to know to make it in a dog-eat-dog world. With one of the students, 17-year-old Alexis Simmons, a Dorchester County School District Four (DD-4), rising Junior praising the program, for giving hope to her dreams, and also giving options for other careers, a Plan B of sorts, just in case you feel able to move on to bigger and better things. Saying “I once had a dream to go on and become a great Olympian and track runner, with the information I have now, I know I can set goals and have no problem reaching them.” A testament to the camps glory, I can only hope that next summer when your son or daughter is sitting around the house, lazing around the couch, watching a never-ending television program, that you get them active, and bring them on down to sweet Ms. Angie’s Inspirational, real-world preparatory camp, be only prepared to come with a head of nothing more than emptiness, to a head overfilled with information that you will take with you in life and in work.