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IMG_1495For most students, summer break is centered around fun in the sun, but nearly 100 Orlando students were excited to spend their time indoors doing what they love most—writing. This summer, the organization Page 15 hosted their 6th annual Young Writers Camp and the PowerDMS Give Back Committee (GBC) provided sponsorships. The five-weekwriting camp, focused on storytelling, song writing, poetry reading and bookmaking, is free to students whose families would normally not be able to afford it. Students ranging from first to ninth grade had the opportunity to let their artistic thoughts flourish and hone their creative-writing skills during the five-week period. The main highlight!? Creative professionals volunteered to guide the way for campers to develop and publish their own work of fiction. Not too many young writers can say they’ve written and built their own book(s), which made for an awesome memento (and bragging rights!). We were beyond thrilled to give such a valuable gift to students, and hope they have lasting memories of their fun and innovative experience. Interested in giving the stellar gift of creative education to deserving and talented youngsters? Visit their website at www.page15.org.

The GBC firmly believes in contributing to as many philanthropic organizations that focus their efforts on helping children as possible. July holds one of our favorite events, combining two passions: fundraising for children’s health and well-being, and hitting the pavement as a team. We were delighted to participate in the Children of the Nation’s Run for Africa 5K for the third year in a row. Heath, Nathan, Liz, Matt and Paige woke up bright and early to brave the grueling Florida heat in support of this worthy cause.

Run for Africa 5K

Children of the Nations (COTN) provides holistic care for orphaned and needy children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations. All proceeds from the Run for Africa 5K aid in the construction of homes, schools, medical clinics, feeding centers, agricultural projects, trauma counseling and community development in Sierra Leone, Malawi and Uganda. For more information on donating to this admirable organization, please visit their website at www.cotni.org.