Artist Pharrell Williams’s summer camp being held in Columbia

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Musician, singer and producer Pharrell Williams established a non-profit organization in 2008 called From One Hand to Another.

According to the website, the organization exists to provide educational tools needed for the future success of children. His non-profit holds summer camps across the country for elementary and middle school students to have fun in an educational environment. This summer from June 18 to July 26, FOHTA will be extending its impact to 50 students in the Columbia area. Richland School District One’s W.A. Perry Middle School was chosen to hold the S.T.E.A.M.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and motivation) Summer Camp.

Perry Middle is one of only 26 schools across six different states that was chosen for the camp, where students participate free of charge. During the six weeks, campers will engage in activities like hands-on science experiments, an intro to coding, financial literacy, and dream mapping their careers. There will be extracurricular activities like dance, art, yoga, and foreign language. The camp will be held Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided.

Perry’s Curriculum Resource Teacher Camelia brown said she and the staff were thrilled to learn their school was chosen. “It was extremely exciting, we have been very blessed to be chosen,” she said.

There were only 50 camp spots for rising sixth through ninth graders, and according to Brown, they went very quickly. “All the spots have been filled, we’ve actually gotten about 275 applicants,” she said. “We just wanted to put it out there in order for our kids to get the opportunity, and exposure.” Brown also said she believes the experience the campers will receive over the summer should help prepare them for the coming school year. “It will help decrease that summer slide,” said Brown.