Thursday morning 7News anchor Tate Blanchard spent some time at the ‘Summer Jam’ program at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in East Wheeling reading to the kids who attend the summer camp program.
It was an exciting morning, lots of singing and dancing as the kids got ready for the day. After their breakfast and harambe, meaning pull together, a celebration they have every morning; the kids all gathered into the auditorium as Tate read ‘Destiny’s Gift’ a book about a young girl who loves to read, but she finds out her favorite bookstore may have to closer, the story taught the children they too can to take action on something you feel strongly about. After their story time, the kids went off to their regular classes for the day.
Reverend Danny Mason said his church does far more than just the summer day camp, “We do have an after school program that’s starts around September 16th and the program is enhanced to help children with their homework and specialized tutoring programs. The kids come here right after school, it’s like going to school after school,” Mason said.
The after school program, like the other programs offered at Laughlin Chapel, is free and open to any child who wishes to attend. During the after school program the children are provided an afternoon snack before they hit the books.
Another thing Laughlin Chapel is doing right now is hosting open prayer at Heritage Port every Thursday at 1 o’clock. They have teamed up with other Ohio County Clergy and Law enforcement to help bridge the gap between our community and police relations, in an effort to show that police shouldn’t be feared.