Over the summer, several of the Butler-Baker school alumni were instructors, informers, hosts and chaperones to several students from the community. They wanted the learning experience to be both fun and educational.
The students were a part of the BBA Annual Mini-Summer Camp held during the summer months to encourage, enlighten and make our local students aware of Butler-Baker and our continual effort to renovate and restore its legacy and preserve its cultural history.
The minicamp kicked off with an outdoor trip to Rock Eagle to experience fishing on the dock with the assistance and help of BBA members Mozelle McKay, Gloria Nelson, Melton Smith, Patricia Hurt and Christine Hurt.
On the second day, the group assembled at Butler-Baker gym to regroup and tour the Rock Hawk Effigy with Patricia Hurt and her group as they toured Eatonton with a visit to the Butler-Baker campus and old school building.
On the third day, students assembled in the Butler-Baker gym to play basketball, enjoy face painting, kickball, table games, jump rope and other activities which enhance physical growth and sportsmanship.
The following day, the group took a trip to Atlanta where they met with Melton Smith, a Butler-Baker alumna who showcased the Porter Sanford Stadium in Decatur. Sanford was a 1960s graduate of the Butler-Baker School. After the tour, the group then visited the Delta Flight Museum to see its first 747 plane and learn of the company’s history. The group then went to the first Chick-Fil-A restaurant which was opened in 1967 by Eatonton native Mr. S. Truett Cathy. The alumni thanked Chick-Fil-A for a delicious box lunch in the park at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center. The students visited the new King Center, in which Dr. King’s history has been restored and encased in a larger setting.
The wall photos show the lives of others that helped with the struggles for civil rights in the 1960s. Upon leaving the King Center, the group reflected on the steady stream that flows continuously and the eternal flame that burns. These symbols will enlighten the group with a passion to love, care and always have empathy for others and most of all “Be at Peace in this world.”