The Making Foundation plans to launch a new school program once one-of-a-kind summer camps come to an end

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Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — The Making Foundation has been empowering people through the process of making since 2016. The nonprofit foundation is currently holding summer camps for kids and teens, ages 6-14, and soon will be launching a new school program.

At the Making Foundation kids come to learn and they learn by doing. The moment one walks through the doors, there’s positive energy felt, and it’s a safe, supportive space where every camper can be creative and individuality is encouraged.

“It’s exciting to see kids get impassioned, especially when they’re told at other places that they may or may not be good or bad at something. We focus on what kids are good at here. We appreciate it when kids think outside of the box.”

Mary Bruce Clemons, Operations and Development Manager

Campers are taught STEAM concepts through a hands-on project-based curriculum as well as the basic use of hand tools. This week at camp the kids are doing a plywood challenge, where they have to make a 3-dimensional object out of one sheet of wood. Looking around the room you see everything from a conventional box, birdhouse, to even a pinball machine. When it comes to kids creating there are no bounds to the possibilities.

The open and airy, one of a kind building is a former market, stocked with all the necessary building tools. At the back of the building, a wall of polaroids captures the smiles of people who have walked through the foundations doors and have had the opportunity to build skill-sets that they can use for a lifetime.

The good news, the fun and educational experiences don’t have to come to a halt come the end of summer. The Making Foundation’s team are no strangers to after school programs and helping students acquire school credits, but now, the foundation will be implementing an entirely new program.

“It’s going to be a learning station of sorts, where kids that sign up will be able to come here and will have access to tutors, access to an educator, we’re going to have access to the internet so they can get on and do their learning, the ritual learning, but also they’ll be in a social environment in which we’ve got our eyes on keeping people socially distanced, regimented handwashing, snacking in a safe way, especially during all of this…”

Mary Bruce Clemons, Operations and Development Manager

COVID-19 has certainly created some tough decisions for parents this year…  which is why the Making Foundation wants to continue to be an outlet for our youth.

For updated information on the foundation’s programs and contact information, click here.

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