Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF)
Honoring the Past ~ Meeting the Needs of the Future
Since 1923, Independent Presbyterian Church has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm for under-served children in the greater Birmingham 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.
Summer Learning Program Activities
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, 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 experience 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.
Want to Help?
If you would like to volunteer with the Children's Fresh Air Farm, contact Gini Williams, Director Children's Fresh Air Farm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.822.0150.
CFAF In The News
January, 2014 - Children's Fresh Air Farm receives grant from SAIL Partnership to prevent summer learning loss
October 2013 - Hoover's Magazine on the IPC Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm