Over 100 school-age children and youth served by The Carpenter’s Shop Center’s after-school program gathered May 17, 2018 in the facility’s playground with staff, parents, and board members to give thanks for a school bus recently added to the Center’s after-school bus transportation fleet. Pastor Clint Wilder, the Center’s operations director and science instructor, led the blessing as the students, ages 5 to 15, laid hands on the bus. An astounding 70 percent growth increase at the center triggered the need to secure an additional bus.
“After looking high and low for months, we finally found the perfect school bus to meet our needs and budget. Not only will this additional bus expand our Center’s after-school transportation capacity, it will allow us to take many more children on field trips,” said Dr. Cheryl Wilder, Founder and CEO of The Carpenter’s Shop Center. “We are extremely grateful to the TPC Red Coats and the Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust for their generous gifts to help us purchase this much-needed bus,” Wilder added.
The Carpenter’s Shop Center is a faith based 501(c)(3) organization located in the Old Arlington community, since 2005. Serving 120 students year round, The Carpenter’s Shop Center’s after-school and summer camp programs prepare students for real-world success and academic achievement through a variety of educational and enrichment programs, each S.T.E.M. based, delivered with an emphasis on positive youth development. For more information, visit www.thecarpentersshopcenter.org.