Independent Presbyterian Church
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF)
Click here to read the article in Hoover's Magazine on the IPC Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.
2014: Children's Fresh Air Farm receives grant from SAIL Partnership to prevent summer learning loss.
Summer Learning Program
IPC Window issue highlighting the STAIR program (Start The Adventure In Reading) and The Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.
We received the following note through our website. It is from a former Children's Fresh Air Farm Camper. The note tells the story through the memory of one who has experienced the love at the Farm.
Honoring the Past-- Meeting the Needs
of the Future
The six-week Summer Learning Program day-camp held at our Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF) is one way we seek to share as partners in Christ’s service.
Since 1923 our church has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm for underserved children in our area. After detailed study of the program, we decided in 2010 to add an important educational component. Now the children have six weeks of reading, writing and mathematics in the mornings, and in the afternoons they enjoy art, music, drama, science and recreational activities, including swimming and tennis. The children are those from our STAIR program (Start The Adventure in Reading).
The Summer Learning Program also has Christian-focused bible study and worship with a daily service in the outdoor chapel. The children have responded eagerly to the safe, fun and loving surroundings of the camp filled with many volunteers of all ages, including many of our youth. The children have also made significant strides in their academic studies. Our next goal is to encourage other organizations to form summer learning programs of their own as we all seek to partner in Christ’s service.
Thank you for joining us in prayer for this exciting ministry at CFAF. It is a new program for a new day at Children's Fresh Air Farm, and we give thanks to God for this opportunity. We trust God will bless this new meaningful, life-changing and joyful work at the Farm. Join us as we change the lives of children in our community!
The Summer Learning Program:
An outreach mission of Independent Presbyterian Church.
Here are some of the many activities the children enjoy during the Summer Learning Program:
• Science enrichment provided at the CFAF by the McWane Center + a field trip to McWane and an IMAX movie
• “Too Good for Drugs” provided by UAB
• Field trips to the Birmingham Zoo, the American Village, Vulcan Park, the Railroad Park, Birmingham-Southern’s Ecoscape and museum, and The Living River Retreat on the Cahaba.
• Tennis lessons with Terry Hamilton
• Swimming lessons
• Clay Creations with Laura and Bill Squires
• Library cards and visits to the Avondale Library
• A special program with singer Roger Day
• Rejoicing Rhythms with Walker Wright
• DISCO Creative Writing workshops
• Music lessons with Susie Bagwell
• Archery with Lily and Britt
• Guest readers
• Singing, games, crafts and fun provided by our IPC Youth
• Two healthy meals and a snack!
As you can see, IPC is providing a dynamic and enriching summer program for our Summer Learning Program scholars. God is blessing your gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and using them to make this summer so very special for these children.
Gini Williams, Director, Children's Fresh Air Farm, Independent Presbyterian Church (since 2010)
It is our great joy and privilege to tell you that we believe we hired the perfect person to serve as Director of the Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF). IPC member Gini Williams, wife of Hunter, mother of Hunter and Porter, and daughter of Don and Virginia McCormick, serves as our Director. Gini has worked for many years with Cornerstone Schools, serving as current and founding member of the board and also as Interim Director of Cornerstone Schools when they were between Directors. She comes with excellent experience and credentials and perhaps most important, with deep Christian faith and a passion for making a difference in the lives of low-income children in our community. She knows and loves our congregation and challenges all of us to give of our time, our prayers and our resources to make this program a success at CFAF. Thanks be to God for leading us to Gini and for her willingness to serve in this way! Please pray for her and for the entire staff, volunteers, and children.
Rev. Susan Clayton, IPC Associate Pastor, Director Community Ministries
Please see The Window articles below for all the details.
Window issue June 2012 highlighting the STAIR program (Start The Adventure In Reading) and The Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.
YMCA After-School Enrichment Program had Spring Break at the Children's Fresh Air Farm
Who do I contact if I want to help? Contact Gini Williams, Director Children's Fresh Air Farm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.822.0150 or
One of the windows in the IPC Chapel (above) shows children tending the garden of the Children's Fresh Air Farm. Children and other members continue to tend the gardens of the Fresh Air Farm each year.