2019-2020 Leslie Manning Scholarship Recipients

We’re so proud of these scholars. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients of the Leslie Manning Scholarship!

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University of South Alabama


Chantell Bennett

Auburn University at Montgomery


Hakeem Bennett

Jacksonville State University


Regiana Fields

The University of West Alabama


Reginiqua Fields

Auburn University at Montgomery


Keonna Howard

The University of Alabama


Tatyana Lawson

 

Alabama A&M University


Deontae Patterson

Auburn University



Cha’Mari Webb

Lawson State Community College


Michael Wiggins

The University of Alabama

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A Day at the Pool

“Last year I had to save Jamal two times, and today he jumped off the high dive! Today every single one of you made a difference.” -Gil Self (head lifeguard)

On Thursday at the pool Jamal decided it was time to jump off the diving board. He started off with the regular board and jumped to our head lifeguard Gil. When he got out of the pool Jamal started crying, we walked over to him and started asking what was wrong. He quickly told us that he wasn’t sad or hurt, but he was so happy that he finally jumped off the diving board. Then Jamal took on an even bigger challenge, he was going to jump off the high dive. He slowly climbed up the ladder and made his way to the end of the board and froze. He turned around and started walking back to the ladder, but his brother Jaylen wouldn’t let this happen. Jaylen was determined to watch his brother jump off the high dive. Everyone at the pool started chanting Jamal’s name and he walked back to the end of the board. Jaylen jumped in the deep end and waited with Gil for Jamal to jump. Finally Jamal bent his knees and jumped off the high dive to Gil, his brother, and his favorite counselor.

Use the link to visit our facebook page and see the video of Jamal jumping off the high dive! https://www.facebook.com/sawyervilleal/

Summer Learning Kindness Project

In Summer Learning, we have a morning rotation called Construction Zone. Contrary to what it seems to be, it is a character building class teaching the students how to work together and build character. 🙂

We interviewed the teacher of the class, Kat Oakes, about week 1’s word, Kindness and the kindness project the students were tasked with.

What was the kindness project? “One of my good friends takes her Kindergarten class out into the community to spread kindness and love, and she calls it the Kindness Project. Week 1’s word in Construction Zone was kindness so it was a perfect idea to bring to Summer Learning.”

What did each group do? “Group 1 gave out Kindness cookies to all the teachers and interns. Group 2 served breakfast to all the students. Group 3 gave goodie-bags to the lunchroom staff. Group 4 gave out candy bags to all the students and teachers. Group 5 gave out glow sticks to the students. Group 6 made a huge “Thank You” poster for the teachers and interns.”

What did the project teach the students? “It taught the students how to act kind. It also taught them how to be selfless and how sometimes, making someone else’s day better feels good to them too.”

Great job Kat!!

SCIENCE!

Thursday at SSL the 4th grade science class did some experiments showing how animals adapt to their environment using physical adaptations!

The first experiment used shortening to show how arctic animals use a layer of fat called blubber to keep their bodies warm in the harsh cold.

The second experiment showed how butterflies adapt to their environment to protect themselves from predators using Mimicry. The students drank 2 liquids that looked exactly the same representing the Viceroy and Monarch Butterflies.

Humans of Sawyerville

Summer camp is off to a great start, here’s what our campers have to say about the week so far!

“At Sawyerville, I learned not to call people names, to be nice and to share” -Aiden, lower camper

“If I had a million dollars to spend on Sawyerville, I would add toys for lower camp and computers” -Roderick, middler camper

“At Sawyerville, I learned that we have to take responsibility for what we do” -Allyssa, middler camper

“My favorite activity at Sawyerville is program, because we get to learn about God” -Jamal, upper camper

2019 Interns

Beginning May 13th, Sawyerville’s summer-long interns will start working from Carpenter House in Birmingham! This year’s team will spend two weeks in Birmingham, prepping for Summer Camp and Summer Learning. We’ll have an intern retreat in late May, and move to Greensboro on May 27th for the rest of the summer.

We are beyond thrilled to be working with this amazing group of young people! Look through the list below to meet our interns, learn a bit about them, and read their answers to the question, “If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build?” We bet you’ll be surprised by some of their answers!

Liam

Liam Ayres

Role: Camper Registrar

School: UAHuntsville

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: An Imperial Starfleet. I did it before when I was a kid.

Dream travel destination: A National Park I’ve never been to


Nick

Nick Belt

Role: Lower Camp Co-Coordinator

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a cool house on the beach

Dream travel destination: Jamaica


Laura

Laura Doody

Role: Middler Camp Co-Coordinator

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a restaurant with lots of food

Dream travel destination: Spain


MaryStewart

Mary Stewart Drummond

Role: Summer Camp Communications Assistant

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a really cool house in Montana

Dream travel destination: Thailand


Thomas Goldsmith

Role: Middler Camp Co-Coordinator

School: Birmingham-Southern College

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a truck

Dream travel destination: the moon


Tiara Harris

Role: Camper Registrar

School: University of West Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a car that runs off of legos for gas

Dream travel destination: Africa


Emily Hooker

Role: Staff Registrar

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: Sawyerville’s very own space to use all year round

Dream travel destination: Australia


Garrison Lackey

Role: Meals and Supplies Assistant

School: Auburn University

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a statue of Bruce Pearl

Dream travel destination: As Nicki Minaj once said, “let’s go to the beach.”


Lila Meadows

Role: Summer Learning Communications Assistant

School: Auburn University

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: the tallest tower of legos ever built by the human hand

Dream travel destination: Greece


Nancy Kate Nicrosi

Role: Student Registrar

School: Auburn University

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: an ATM

Dream travel destination: Ireland


Abby Poole

Role: Upper Camp Co-Coordinator

School: Auburn University

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a really beautiful house for myself

Dream travel destination: Switzerland


Gil Self

Role: Head Lifeguard and Office Assistant

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: a LEGOLAND for the campers

Dream travel destination: the Great Barrier Reef


Lucy Smith

Role: Lower Camp Co-Coordinator

School: Sewanee: the University of the South

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: an underwater tunnel between continents—clear Legos only, obviously

Dream travel destination: Morocco


Jordan Smith

Role: Upper Camp Co-Coordinator

School: University of Alabama

If you had an endless supply of Legos, what would you build: legs, to make me 7 foot for a week

Dream travel destination: the Bahamas

Giving Tuesday 2019

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday…and then there’s Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th, we’ll be sharing all the many ways that you can give to Sawyerville. We hope you find a way be involved in this powerful ministry!

GT2019Sawyerville runs on volunteer power! Here are a few opportunities:

  • Help at the annual Christmas Party at Greensboro Elementary School on Sunday, December 15th
  • Host a job shadowing experience for one of our high school mentees
  • Apply to serve as a Summer Camp Counselor – applications open in January!
  • Apply to teach at the Summer Learning Program

If any of these interest you, please email Crystal Jones, and she will share more information.


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All of Sawyerville’s five programs are free for both participants and staff. This way, everyone has access to Sawyerville. To keep Sawyerville free, we need your help! Please consider making a tax deductible donation of any size.
Give online here.

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Would your parish, office, or school like to collect supplies for the Summer Camp or Summer Learning program? We need a wide range of items and lots of them! This is a great way for individuals to have a tangible connection to our summer programs. To sign up for a supply drive, contact Crystal Jones.

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Did you know that we have a need for meals year-round now? That’s right, not just in the summer. The Mentoring program and Person2Person both need meals for groups of roughly 25-35. Providing a meal is a labor of love, and we promise you won’t find a more appreciative bunch! Sign up for a Person2Person meal here, and let us know if you’d like to make a meal, either in the summer or during the school year, or if you have questions about this opportunity.

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This Christmas, consider giving to Sawyerville in thanksgiving for a loved one. We’ll be glad to send them a special card to notify them of your gift. When making your gift online, just add a note in the box provided letting us know who the gift honors and how to contact them. Make your thanksgiving gift here.