The Fairfield County Community Foundation presented Mayor Harry Rilling with a $10,000 check on Thursday to support the Carver Foundation’s 2014 Summer Camp for Children and Youth.
"They're getting all types of enrichment experiences that they wouldn't necessary have the financials to do on their own," said Juanita James.
Juanita James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, joined Rilling in his office to present the monetary gift to Carver Foundation executive director Novelette Peterkin.
"If you don't provide structured activity and good wholesome nutrition and help them grow and develop in a positive way, they don't stand a chance sometimes," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "And it's up to us to be there to help them."
The Carver Foundation of Norwalk is a non-profit organization which has provided educational, social and recreational programs for children since 1938. The funds support the foundation's summer programs, which currently service just over 200 children.
"We know about summer loss and what happens in that very long break between the end of the academic school year and the beginning of the academic school year," said Juanita James, president and chief executive officer for the Fairfield County Community Foundation. "What we have found is that programs like the ones that the Carver Foundation runs helps to retain the learning, so that when the students come back to school in September, they're not losing those several weeks and then have to play catch-up again."
For more information on the Carver Foundation's summer programs visit www.carvercenterct.org.