Paula's Kids Carrot Camp
The first, of what was planned as an annual event, the Main Street Dumas Paula’s Kids Carrot Camp was held from 9-11am during June 2016 at the MSD Farmers’ Market. Area youth planted raised garden boxes with carrots and other vegetable plants donated by Dumas Seed Cleaners. Healthful carrot snacks from SonFlour Bakery were served to the kids after the activity of making giant paper mache carrots. Each week a different “stage” of the paper mache was added. Layers of newspaper, paint and carrot tops, with the size ranging from 5 to 9 feet in length. These carrots were hung from the interior of the market building when they were completed.
The giant carrots were the idea of Jodi Cochran and Paula White. The idea of the camp was to give children a fun summer activity that would inspire creativity and town pride in the children of Dumas. It provided a safe learning environment where the children came together and participated in activities and created a project to give back to the community. This increased their pride in the community and let them showcase to family and friends the project they created.
Jodi and her husband, Jerry, were instrumental in providing fun games that the kids looked forward to each week. A lot of water games and Double Jump rope … oh yeah! One week the kids made 3 flavors of homemade ice cream and another week they made their own snack of a cheese burrito. This year the camp was a huge success with as many as 15 participants and 6 adult volunteers each week. Applications to participate in the camp were distributed at Central Elementary School in May of this 2016.
The last day of camp the kids were all given a “Camp T-shirt” designed by Kara Puryear. The Foundation for the Mid-South provided the funding for the building supplies, shirts, snacks and activities. Berry’s True Value gave us a “good deal” on the supplies and the King Foundation provided the salary for the Market activity.
Pictures by Linda Lambert and Jann Farmer.