When School's Out, Learning Goes on with Steps

From art classes to Zumba workouts, Operation Breakthrough's SummerTime Enrichment Programs, known as STEPS, kept our children's brains and bodies busy.

Here's just a small excerpt from the list of experiences our school-age children had this summer: Workshops on miming, puppetry, math and chemistry; trips to Powell Gardens, children's theater and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; presentations about the environment and green careers by Green Works and Eco Elvis and about safety from the Red Cross. They fished, read books, shadowed barbers and broadcasters, painted pottery, baked cupcakes, volunteered and learned to swim.

A generous community made it all possible, with gifts of time, funds, supplies and free admission. Thanks to scholarships, children attended day camps at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, Pembroke Hill School, Camp WIN, Camp Shakespeare, Chess for Life Camp, and some spent the night at Camp Heartland and Kids Across America Camp.

"It wasn't just a matter of keeping them busy," says Marce Baxley, one of the volunteers who helped line up the STEPS opportunities. "We wanted to take it a step forward and bring enrichment to their lives."