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Summer Camp In Franklin Provides Help For Students

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A unique summer camp is underway in Franklin to help students get the academic help they need.

One hundred kids, from kindergarten through 8th grade, participated in the free, two-week camp held at Johnson Elementary. Lessons include free piano lessons, math and reading tutoring, and science experiments.

The teachers strive to make it 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 teacher Erin Lefkovitz.

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," Hickerson said.

In January, Home Depot partnered with the Gentry Foundation to rehab a Franklin community center where kids can get tutoring and piano lessons all free of charge.

The camp was only able only take 100 kids this year.

"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 added.

Summer camp ends Friday, 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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