OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Summer is just getting started at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs. That means kids from across the Coast will have the opportunity to learn some new skills at summer camp.
Although it has been decades since the Mary C. was an official school, the building still houses plenty of learning during the summers. Programs Director Stacy Howell is excited to get the six weeks of camp started.
"We wanted to bring something different that you can't get just anywhere, and we have some incredible artists and teaching artists here at the Mary C.," said Howell.
One of those teaching artists, Gloria Gaines, will help dozens of kids throughout the summer learn the fading skill of sewing. Her class will guide each child through 10 different projects throughout the week.
"If I can see one child just eager to make something, I just feel like I've done my job. It's a good feeling," said Gaines.
It's students like Isabella Davis who give her that feeling. Davis is hoping to bring these new skills back home to sew with her mom.
"I was just really excited to hear about it, because my mom and I are really getting to learn how to sew," said Isabella.
It's not just sewing. A poster in the hall lists almost 20 different activities being offered. Those include art exploration, acting, paper mache and much more every week.
Students can come for just one week, if they choose, or they can come for as many of the six weeks as they want.
"They can get something different every week, as well. Even our junior chef lunch and learn. There's a different menu every week," said Howell.
Different chefs will be circulating through the kitchen at the Mary C. teaching different skills, such as pizza making. Even experienced young chefs, like Chase Tillman, can learn a thing or two.
"I'm learning new things. So, I've never actually made dough before," said Chase.
This year, the Mary C. is offering cursive writing and calligraphy classes for the first time. If you're interested in the camp and would like to know more, please visit http://themaryc.org/, or call 228-818-2878.