Virginian-Pilot: Summer Program Lets Kids Play and Plan for Future

Here’s a great article by Elisabeth Hulette for The Virginian-Pilot: At 9 years old, Matthew White has a life plan. […]

Here’s a great article by Elisabeth Hulette for The Virginian-Pilot:

At 9 years old, Matthew White has a life plan.

He developed it during a new summer camp started by hip-hop artist and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams. It goes like this: Go to college, get a degree and land a job in his chosen field of construction.

If it doesn’t work out, initiate Plan B.

“It’s always important to have a backup plan,” Matthew said, looking serious outside his classroom. “My backup plan is to become a Realtor. So if I can’t build the house, I could sell it.”

Williams would approve. The camp he’s piloting this summer for nearly 300 underserved children in grades three to eight is designed to get them thinking about what they want to be when they grow up and how to make it happen. Along the way, they’re getting schooling in science and math, nutrition lessons, field trips and a heavy dose of inspiration.

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Chris Samuels, from left, Aniko Jernigan, Teradja Mitchell and Tarieq Cason, all 12, test-fly paper airplanes they made during a class with Wendy Singleton on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Bettie F. Williams Elementary School in Virginia Beach. The class was part of a summer camp called STEAMM piloted by singer Pharrell Williams. (Bill Tiernan | The Virginian-Pilot)

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