Big donations send 70 Latino students to academic camp

ATLANTA -- More than 70 Latino students will be more prepared for the new school year thanks to big donations from the Rotary Club of Atlanta, The Westminster Schools and Samson Trailways.

Together, they donated $25,000 to help LaAmistad, Inc. and The Westminster Schools run an academic summer camp called "AnĂ­mate" to benefit Latino students in elementary school.

"Without the generosity of these organizations, as well as private donors, this camp would not have been a possibility for these students to attend," said Jennifer O'Pry, Atlanta Area Director. "That could compromise their academic success and lead to poor self-esteem."

The camp allows Latino children in the Atlanta area to continue their academic progress during the summer in a unique environment with certified teachers and other highly-trained professionals.

Animate relies on volunteers, including Westminster students and staff, teachers from Roswell North Elementary and Garden Hills Elementary and local parents.

In addition to these programs, a dance program, "Danceando," was introduced in 2012 and has become an important cultural component of the time at AnĂ­mate.

"Danceando" combines dance and other artistic features that emphasize the students' Latino heritage and roots.

Students are also engaged in other cultural fine arts components from Instituto de Mexico.

Each afternoon, students also get the chance to become familiar with swimming, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.

LaAmistad is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 organization that's been serving the children of first-generation Latino families for more than 10 years through afterschool tutoring, mentoring and life-broadening experiences and programs.

Since 2011, LaAmistad also operates the largest English as a Second Language program in the state of Georgia.


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