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Laughlin Memorial Chapel Plans Summer Jam for Local Kids

Photo Provided The Laughlin Memorial Chapel Summer Jam will offer youngsters a safe, fun and educational camp.

WHEELING — Laughlin Memorial Chapel is accepting applications for their Summer Jam program. Summer Jam runs from June 17 to July 12 and is a free program offered to students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. It runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and children receive breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

Program Coordinator Judi Saunders said this year’s theme is “Mission I’m Possible.” Children will be divided into classes at two levels — a kindergarten through third grade group and a fourth and fifth grade group. The two groups will each read an appropriate novel during the morning session and participate in Bible lessons. There will be four focal Scriptures including these paraphrases: Love Your Selfie, Kid Power, Am I Worth it?, and #I’mpossible.

Summer Jam afternoons will be filled with many activities. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the children will go swimming at either Wheeling Park or Grand Vue Park. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Wheeling Recreation Department will complete an hour of arts and crafts.

“It’s an awesome program for the kids,” Saunders said. “It’s free for the families. It’s a safe place for the kids to be. With Summer Jam, along with our regular school program, we involve reading and literacy activities and help the kids understand there is more to life than just what they are seeing around them in their usual surroundings. We try to give them a wide variety of exposure to new activities and ideas. I like the program because we involve the students in a lot of different things.”

At the end of the four weeks, the Summer Jam team takes the children on a special field trip to the Carnegie Science Center.

The application can be found at www.laughlinmemorialchapel.org. Applications must be turned in to Laughlin Memorial Chapel as soon as possible or no later than June 4. Priority is given to children enrolled in Afterschool Jam. Space is limited.

Laughlin Memorial Chapel cares for and empowers children and families through working cooperatively to positively impact the standard and quality of life in the greater Wheeling area and in doing so enhances and reflects God’s love.

It has been in operation since 1946 and its work is fully supported through grants, sponsorships, and individual gifts from throughout the region.

If you or your organization would like to support Laughlin Memorial Chapel, call 304-232-2630 or go to our website: https://www.laughlinmemorialchapel.org/donate-today.

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