Wayfinders provides numerous enrichment activities and outings for our scholars throughout the year to stay connected with the students and to provide meaningful out-of-school time activities that our scholars might not have access to otherwise.
Here is a list of some of the many enrichment opportunities we provide:
- Camp Kick-Off Party (May) – an event to celebrate our scholars and the start of the camp season with free trunks and sleeping bags for all new scholars and an array of other “camp goodies” for all scholars including water bottles, stationary, stamps, playing cards, and books to read while at camp.
- Back-to-School Party (August) – an event where we provide free backpacks filled with school supplies, promote excellent school attendance, complete post-camp surveys, and enjoy an ice-cream party.
- Fall Nature Outing (October) – an opportunity for our 5th and 6th grade scholars to explore one of our beautiful Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation nature preserves and/or learn about raptors at the Carolina Raptor Center.
- “ Wayfinders Gives Back” (November) – Wayfinders encourages mentors to participate in a service project along with their mentee (Click HERE for more information about becoming a Wayfinders Mentor). Some service examples this year: working in the Friendship Gardens’ Urban Garden, making sandwiches for Urban Ministry Center, baking cookies and delivering them to firefighters and police officers, and filling shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.
- Microsoft Half-Day Computer Camp (November) – half-day camp that provides our 7th and 8th grade scholars with a tour of Microsoft’s Charlotte campus and the opportunity to learn about coding and careers in computer science.
- Holiday Books (December) – Wayfinders wraps and mail each scholar a grade-appropriate book to read over the winter holidays.
- Swim Lessons (January, February, and March) – free swim instruction provided on three Saturdays to our 5th and 6th grade scholars, thanks to the generosity of the Levine Jewish Community Center.
- The Butterfly Project (April) – a program for our 6th – 8th grade scholars to learn about the Holocaust from a survivor and paint a ceramic butterfly in memory of a one of the children who perished in the Holocaust.
- Earth Day Service Project (April) – new in 2017, our scholars will participate in an outdoor service project.
- Theater and Museum Outings (throughout the year) – our scholars and mentors enjoy free tickets to performances at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and the Charlotte Symphony, along with events at The Levine Museum of the New South, Discovery Place, and other local museums.