Heart 2 Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and the City of Wilmot teamed up for a summer camp that addressed multiple design activities. Throughout the week, students got a chance to engage with professionals to include designing and engineering activities.

Industrial engineer, Dr. Maurice Cavitt, kicked off the week with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

In a one-day literacy workshop led by author and writing instructor Janis F. Kearney, students were introduced to writing a book, book content, book title pages, book publishing and book cover design. They also served as photographers for their book. Their finished book was entitled Small Town. Big Dreams!

In a one-day design build workshop led by licensed contractor Angela Courtney with Design Build Contractors in Halley; Greg Loveless of Loveless Cabinets in Monticello; and David Williams, a licensed contractor with Williams Foundation in Warren; youth were introduced to designing their city, a cantilever and its purpose in building and construction.

The youth built their own cantilever shelf that can be mounted on a wall in a vertical or horizontal position. They gave their shelf a finish with walnut and cherry stain.

McGehee Lumber Company donated the wood for the students’ project; and the Alex Foundation, a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization and Design Build Contractors donated all the other supplies and materials.

Mayor Harris said the summer camp workshops were engaging and enriching. “The quality of instructors made our camp unique. Our community options for youth are limited. However, this year, we were able to bring more activities than in previous years and that made a huge impact for our youth.”