Children recognized a few of Goldsboro’s local, unsung heroes Friday for all they do to help others.
Thirty-five children attending a Kinetic Minds weeklong STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) summer camp thanked the men and women of the Goldsboro Police Department, represented by Chief Mike West; the Salvation Army of Goldsboro, represented by Capts. Sherrie and Phillip Stokes; and the Community Soup Kitchen, represented by Keith Spivey.
The children made a star ornament for the police department that says “Good job” and “Thank you” and colored two pictures of a police officer as a superhero and a police cruiser with “Thank you” written on it.
Spivey received goody bags for the Community Soup Kitchen with encouraging writing on them such as “Things will get better.”
The Stokeses received donated clothes that the children folded and packed into 13 baskets for the Salvation Army.
West said he thought it was awesome what the children did.
“It’s no doubt we are among some of the brightest and smartest children in the community,” West said of youngsters who participated in the community learning center’s program. “I think it’s wonderful they are bringing us in and kind of honoring us and to say thank you to us. Heck, I’m thankful to them.”
Spivey also was impressed.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “In fact, to be so aware at such a young age, not only of us (soup kitchen) but also the police department and Salvation Army.”
Phillip Stokes said he thought everything about the children’s thoughtfulness and Kinetic Minds was awesome.
Sitting nearby at a table and eating lunch that was prepared for the occasion, Kathy Jones said she did not realize the STEM summer camp was available until recently. She enrolled her son Evan Jones, 13, a student of Wayne Preparatory Academy, in it when she heard about it, she said.
“He has learned a lot of new things that he has not been exposed to in school,” Jones said. “I wished I would have known about it several years ago. I will recommend it to other parents.”
Eskabonna Henderson, executive director of Kinetic Minds and a former middle school teacher, pointed out projects the students did during the weeklong camp from learning coding for computers and using it on Ozobots (tiny egg-shaped robots) to problem-solving games, learning the metric system through weights and thermometers, and practicing mathematics by measuring the mass of objects.
Danice Henderson, director of Kinetic Minds, located on South James Street, said that since 2012 Kinetic Minds has served about 700 students.
“It’s been a very busy year but a very rewarding year,” she told the honored guests and parents.