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The John 3:16 Center has been awarded a $60,000 Truist Charitable Fund grant to support virtual learning programs. 

The grant proceeds allow the organization to purchase tools such as tablets, provide wireless connectivity to participants, project materials and participation incentives for the afterschool and summer camp programs. 

The center recently launched its virtual Wireless for Success @ J316 afterschool program for students ages 5-12 who were already enrolled in the afterschool program prior to COVID-19. They have a daily Zoom meet up for devotion, reading, games and snacks. 

This is now available for up to 50 students in the community. The center will be working in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, Working Landscapes, Center for Energy Education, and Lakeland Cultural Arts Center for program content to develop engaging experiences for youth using today’s technology for live online sessions and recorded presentations on their own YouTube channel for the virtual summer camp. 

The camp participants will be provided with all the supplies and materials needed for multiple daily modules to include cooking class, arts and crafts, reading, devotion and even Zumba and yoga. 

All youth under the age of 16 are invited to enter the naming contest to give a new tech-oriented name for the virtual summer camp. 

All entries must be submitted by June 1. 

Visit the website at www.john316center.org. For more information about The John 3:16 Center program offerings, follow on Facebook or call 252-586-1800.