Local summer camp aims to keep children off the streets

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — With hours of free time now available, summer camps across the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire are back in full swing.

In West Savannah, the Clarence Blue Grant Center is offering students an opportunity to have fun while developing new life skills.

“It’s really a blessing, you know they’re not out there in streets getting in trouble, they have something fun in there which is meet new people, play games and just have a good summer,” DaQuan Smith said. Smith’s father, Ricardo Morris, was killed in 2015. Now he’s committed to carrying on his father’s legacy of service for his siblings.

All summer long kids ages six to fifteen can be found at the camp instead of at home. During camp hours, kids learn character traits like patience, respect, honesty, perseverance in addition to fun games and snacks.

The summer camp is just $60 and will run until the end of July. Some sponsorships are available thanks to Willia Johnson. Johnson is currently sponsoring six students for camp.

“With all that’s going on in this community, why not invest, why not give” she asked.

As a counselor, she’s seen the impact of violence crime in Savannah so any chance to provide an outlet for peace and positivity for kids, she says, she’s all in.

“When these children do well, this community does well, their parents do well, the community does well,” Johnson said.

To donate to the camp, or sign your kids up, call (912) 662-3899 for camp hours or visit the center Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m..

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