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Children's Fresh Air Farm

Summer Learning Program

Loving God through equipping and empowering all God’s children.

We welcomed our first students from Birmingham's Hayes K- 8 to the Christian-focused Summer Learning Program in 2010. Now, more than 100 children from our STAIR program have six weeks of reading, writing, and mathematics in the mornings, as well as afternoons filled with art, music, drama, science and swimming. The children also enjoy Bible study and daily worship.

Summer Learning Program

The IPC Summer Learning Program at the Children's Fresh Air Farm offers rising 2nd-8th grade students from Hayes K-8 an opportunity to strengthen their academic skills and grow in their faith while spending time outdoors.

Preparing for This Year's Camp

Summer Learning Program Activities

Here are some of the many activities the children enjoy:

  • Swim lessons
  • Local, educational field trips. Previous field trips have included the Birmingham Zoo, The Little Cahaba River, Southern Museum of Flight, Railroad Park, Regions Field, Samford University Planetarium and Red Mountain Theatre
  • Science and gardening enrichment
  • UAB's Healthy Happy Kids nutrition program
  • Walker Wright’s Rejoicing Rhythms drumming lessons
  • Special educational visits. Previous visitors include Hand in Paw, Ed's Pet World and Dynamic Science Adventures.
  • Music lessons
  • Dance
  • Drama with Red Mountain Theatre
  • Physical education activities that incorporate math skills 
  • Two healthy meals and a snack
  • Games, crafts, cooking and more!

Each program graduate receives school supplies for the upcoming year, a new uniform, and a voucher for new shoes. New scholars are also given a Bible.

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 Summer Learning Program, contact Becky Wright at

  • A WIAT CBS 42 news story about how this ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church is helping Birmingham students gain academic skills and confidence while avoiding the summer slide.