Skip to Main Content
Partnership Brings Exposure to Opportunities for Lexington Students

Partnership Brings Exposure to Opportunities for Lexington Students

December 29, 2020 Posted in: Health & Wellness

With a grant from Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, violence prevention coordinator Hannah Woggon teamed up with the Consolidated Summer Enrichment Program during the past two summers to provide educational enrichment and activities to more than 100 students in Lexington.

“Our grant focuses on creating healthy, safe communities in Lexington,” Woggon said. “With a concentration on two neighborhoods, we had it in our grant to create a summer camp, but we decided to partner with the Consolidated Summer Enrichment Program instead of designing a new camp.”

Consolidated Summer Enrichment Program, which has been serving the Winburn neighborhood in Lexington since 2005, is a partnership between Kentucky State University and Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington. The program offers education in STEM, arts, agriculture and environmental sciences, along with academic enrichments for students who have completed grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Program director Demetria Blair said the program’s goal is to bridge the gap between the end of the school year in May and the beginning of the next one in August.

“This was an opportunity for our kids to have exposure to things they wouldn’t normally have access to due to financial barriers, transportation barriers, social barriers or a lack of awareness,” Blair said. “We sought to make people aware of these opportunities and provide them with a chance to participate.”

During summer 2019, students visited the Kentucky Horse Park to learn about equine science, learned to cook from culinary professionals and brushed up on their academic proficiencies in science, math, and literacy with help from Fayette County Public School teachers.

Building on the success from 2019’s camp, Blair and Woggon faced a new challenge in 2020 – a global pandemic. In-person lessons and activities moved to a virtual platform so the learning didn’t have to stop.

“COVID-19 made us think more creatively,” Blair said. “Everything was closed but education was not. Our kids needed something to do in the summertime now more than ever. With Zoom, we were able to provide programming to them virtually.”

Woggon said her grant provided materials for parents to pick up every week. The kits included all of the academic, arts and STEM materials students needed to do the activities each week virtually with program volunteers and leaders, including Woggon herself.

“For me, doing the cross-stitching class was amazing,” Woggon said. “These kids loved it. It was so incredible to watch them work and show me their work on Zoom or send me pictures to see if they were doing it right.”

Woggon and Blair said they anticipate doing a mix of in-person and virtual programming for students depending on COVID-19 and safety guidelines for next summer’s camp.

“This year, in particular, had a special meaning because of COVID-19,” Blair said. “Because of Hannah and CHI Saint Joseph Health, we were able to take our homes and make it a playground for not just our kids, but their whole family.”

To learn more about the program, visit the Consolidated Summer Enrichment Program website. For more information about the violence prevention program, and other initiatives, supported by CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations, visit https://www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/body.cfm?id=7604&action=detail&ref=1844.

Recent Blog Posts

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Continues Support of MoCo Transit

MAY 02, 2024

Since 2019, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has donated thousands of dollars to Gateway Community Action to help secure low-cost public transportation for Montgomery County residents.

Read More Additional information about Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Continues Support of MoCo Transit

Opioid Stewardship Program Sets Standard for Compassionate Care

MAR 13, 2024

CHI Saint Joseph Health is expanding the Opioid Stewardship Program, established at Saint Joseph Hospital in 2019, to the ministry.

Read More Additional information about Opioid Stewardship Program Sets Standard for Compassionate Care

Collaboration - a Saint Joseph Value and Key to Success

FEB 16, 2024

The Creating Safer Neighborhoods initiative partnered with 18 different organizations in the Lexington area to bring educational programs to vulnerable communities.

Read More Additional information about Collaboration - a Saint Joseph Value and Key to Success