Every kid deserves a chance to go to summer camp. WME volunteers are making that happen this month for a group of students from Foster Elementary School in Compton, Calif.
The WME Foundation is spearheading a program dubbed Camp Summer Eagle on Saturdays this month at a park near the school for about 120 kids. The six-hour day is packed with activities, from arts and crafts to outdoor games.
The program was designed largely by WME assistants and staffed by volunteers from throughout the agency. It began last year as an outgrowth of WME’s larger partnership with Foster Elementary after WME Foundation topper Sarah Adolphson learned from the principal that most students had no opportunity to attend a day camp or summer school.
In addition to volunteering as counselors, WME staffers also donate most of the funding for Camp Summer Eagle. That includes recruiting sponsors to donate books, toys and other items for the kids.
“What started off as a small idea has turned into a very big activity for us,” Adolphson says.
The WME Foundation’s work with Foster Elementary has involved everything from infrastructure improvements to teacher development grants to a mentoring program. The goal is to seed a lasting relationship with the school community.
“We made a long-term commitment to treat the school just as we would a client,” says WME communications topper Christian Muirhead. “It’s been incredibly exciting and rewarding for us as a company.”