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A Sea of Smiling Faces
by Lee Rouse

 

ECPM’s first Make ‘n Take for the Beaufort Boys and Girls Club was held Saturday morning, September 28 from 10:30 to noon. When my son and I arrived (a little late), I was presented with a view of 14 children of various ages sitting around tables, hard at work building their models. Kids had a choice of two Snaptite kits: the Revell 1/72 F4 Phantom, or the Revell 1977 Monte Carlo Low Rider sedan. Representing ECPM and lending a guiding hand were Andy and Pat Fulcher, Joe Gray and family, and Lee Rouse. Ron, the children’s B&G Club mentor was also present and did a great job of supervising the kids.

I was immediately impressed by how intent these children were on completing their models. Andy Fulcher reported that although there were not enough sprue cutters to go around “this is a good opportunity for these kids to practice sharing”. And indeed they did. Ron commented on how quietly this usually rowdy group was working (ok, it was a little noisy!). He was also pleased that the kids were learning to share, as well as follow written instructions, match numbers on parts and instructions, and sharpen their concentration skills.

I could try to describe how pleased the kids (and their mentor) were with their finished models. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll just refer you to the group picture!