Wash & Spin Coin Laundry is excited to partner with Gate City Day Nursery Association as sponsor of the Camille Hope Fairman Scholarship for Teenage Mothers (www.facebook.com/gatecitychfscholarship).
Camille Hope Fairman is a remarkable woman who as a teenager became the mother of two children, Chakeiya and Andre. Camille was unable to complete traditional high school due to the demands of taking care of two young children. If not for her intelligence, determination and support of family and friends, she may have become a statistic, a young lady doomed to a life of public assistance and poverty… Camille beat the odds by convincing herself that not continuing her education would be detrimental to her future and that of her young children. Camille worked hard, earned her GED and obtained a bachelor’s degree and is now gainfully employed as a registered nurse. Her two children are now successful young adults pursuing their dreams.
This $1000 scholarship was created to assist other young mothers who like Camille, recognize the importance of education but may require financial assistance to help reach her goal.
Camille with Chakeiya
The Gate City Day Nursery Association was organized in 1905 for the purpose of providing and maintaining a free kindergarten in Atlanta, Georgia for African American children. A series of Atlanta University conferences studying African American home life, under the direction of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, revealed the need for some type of agency to care for neglected children left home alone to play in the streets.
Mothers working full time during the day were unable to meet the financial demand of private child care. A group of prominent Atlanta University and city of Atlanta women met this challenge by forming the “Gate City Free Kindergarten”, the first kindergarten for African American children in Atlanta. Today there are three centers located in Atlanta, providing services to all children regardless of their race, ethnicity, creed, gender, religion, or national origin.
The mission of Gate City Day Nursery Association is to provide a quality, affordable, comprehensive early childhood program that meets the developmental and social-emotional needs of each child in its care. The program strengthens families through Protective Factors and supportive services, while making opportunities available for parents to become actively involved in their child’s educational experience.