The unique project was inspired by the Beacon Grant.
“There are sports camps and cheer camps,” says Project Manager Bill Bachofner. “We thought, why not support improving children’s writing skills?”
“The kids and their parents were thrilled with the opportunity afforded to them by the camp,” Bachofner says. “The parents were impressed with the almost private tutoring the professional writers provided to the children. The children experienced a challenging and rewarding skills camp.”
One of those teachers was Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner, who has high hopes for the potential future laureates. “We saw some amazing work being done by the students, and want to make sure they have an opportunity to keep it going,” says Bachofner.
As of press time, there was no comment from Stephen King but there were unsubstantiated reports that his next novel, The Protégé, will be out next week.
Through Beacon Grants, the Elks National Foundation gives Lodges the opportunity to develop an ongoing, charitable, Elks-driven community project. These $2,000 grants are available to all Lodges. To find out more about Beacon Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.