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Franklin Charity Creates Unique Summer Camp For Kids

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FRANKLIN, Tenn.- A unique summer camp in Franklin is offering free piano lessons, math and reading tutoring and lots of other fun summer learn experiences for kids in need.

It's all thanks to Evelyn Hickerson, who founded the Gentry Foundation in honor of her late parents.

"After I lost my mom, I wanted to do something constructive for our community in her name, so I took the little money that she left and I started the Gentry Education Foundation so that we could enhance the lives of children in the Franklin community," said Hickerson.

Kids who visit the Gentry Foundation get to take part in fun filled old fashioned water balloon fight, chances to learn how to play piano, get reading and math tutoring, take part in plays and just have fun over the summer.

Many 100 kids' ages kindergarten through 8th grades who come to the summer came are in need in of academic help so teachers strive to make all the activities all fun, interesting and educational.

"We're playing math games and reading games, so they come and they have fun and they're reading at the same time," said Erin Lefkovitz a Gentry Teacher

In January Home Depot partnered with the Gentry Foundation to update the Franklin community center where kids will have tutoring and piano lessons all free of charge.

"We're not getting as many donations as we've gotten before, but I'm hoping next year, we can just blow it out of the water," said Hickerson.

It's a new goal by one devoted woman who is making a difference for hundreds of kids. The two week long summer education camp ends June 15 with a field trip for all 100 students to the Tennessee State Aquarium in Chattanooga. That's also free to the students, thanks to donations.

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