Laney Museum holds academy for underprivileged children

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News 12 at 6 o'clock.
June 27, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga--It is a camp for kids in some of Augusta's toughest neighborhoods. The Lucy Craft Laney black history museum is taking kids out of area housing projects for a special summer lesson.

What started as an idea to continue Lucy Laney's legacy has become a summer academy, led by museum projects director Anthony Page.

Each week the museum goes to a different low income housing community in Augusta, picking up underprivileged kids for a new experience.

"If you want to come play and do basic arts and crafts, that's not the type of camp we are. We want to deal with the heart attack, the biggest issues," Page says.

Page tells us the big issues are relationships, conflict resolution, and financial responsibility. The kids are even learning about the stock market.

"We learn our marketing, the four p's, promotion, price, placement, and product," camper Ruben Hocker says.

"I come here because it's something to do, and to learn something," camper Kaelin Evans says.

Shawna Wesby volunteers her time teaching drama at the camp. She grew up in a low income community and can't say enough about the camp's value.

"They are learning how to actually talk out situations instead of fighting out situations, like i was taught," she says.

The summer academy is funded by a grant with communities and schools.

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