One of the best things in Northern Lancaster County every summer is the HI-KEE program at the Steele Hill A.M.E. Zion Church.
The Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. is a non-profit corporation established in Lancaster County to help students improve proficiency in the core area of reading. It complements the educational approaches and content that are provided by Indian Land Schools, and it also provides a positive and enjoyable summer learning experience.
Fred Witherspoon is the director of this great program and said he believes the brain is a great gift and using it all increases its value. This year, 53 kids are enrolled from kindergarten through grade eight, learning math and math challenges, reading and science.
The program has expanded to include swimming every Wednesday at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Recreation Complex. Also, they go hiking under the direction of Michelle L. Evans, Ph.D., environmental educator for the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Steve Hucks, director of the 4-H in Lancaster County, is teaching them science and technology. They not only built a windmill and a rocket, but saw 20 chicks hatch.
The seventh- and eighth-graders took a field trip to Red Ventures, an Indian Land-based marketing firm, and the Proctor & Gamble/Duracell Plant to see how batteries are made.
The Steele Community Partners work hard all year to make this a success, and with Witherspoon’s leadership it gets better every year. A big thank you to all the volunteers, teachers and staff – and especially to Fred Witherspoon – for making this all possible.
By the way, David McDonald, past principal of Indian Land Middle School, was one of the board members of Steele Hill Community Partners and will be missed.
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