The RAM Vision
The birth of The Reading Arts Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program, from a restless night by Reverend Doctor Mary O. Stover in 2008, is the beginning of the RAM Foundation. She tells the story how after submitting to the fact that sleep was not to come, in helplessness, she asked, “God what is Your will?”
The birth of The Reading Arts Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program, from a restless night by Reverend Doctor Mary O. Stover in 2008, is the beginning of the RAM Foundation. She tells the story how after submitting to the fact that sleep was not to come, in helplessness, she asked, “God what is Your will?” She immediately succumbed to a deep sleep where she received the vision of needs for the children in the Pine Hurst Community – the C.A. Johnson High School Cluster, where parents were doing the best that they could. However, children were being left alone all day, some were without proper guidance and/or nutrition, and some were imitating life issues they were seeing on the television –just to name a few. Again, she awakened to the revelation that she was to create a safe haven for these children. As a servant and an educator, a new endeavor was added to her life commitments, which is the anchor program for the RAM Foundation, formerly named the St. Mark Foundation.
The RAM foundation and the Reading Arts Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program have continued to develop into a foundation that provides and serves to address the academic, social, and wellness needs of underprivileged youths and their family in the Midlands of Richland County, South Carolina. The Reading Arts Mathematics Summer Enrichment Program, which offers youths – ages 4 years to 17 years - a free 6 weeks program of study of reading, mathematics, and science has grown and has opened a second site in the Eau Clair High School Cluster. Additionally, the students participate in the fine arts: ballet, violin, piano, drums, writing, creative arts, and the industrial arts – carpentry and sewing. Breakfast and lunch are served. A one - time application fee of $20.00 is requested. Considerations are given to parents with multiple children.
Additionally, participants ages 14 years to 17 years, serve as junior counselors and receive their first opportunities for employment. These youths learn the responsibilities of work and the commitment for expectations of being lucratively employed.
Because the RAM Foundation is a foundation of provision and service, future endeavors are to include activities for senior citizens – our forgotten generation. The spectrum from youth to seniors will be complimentary in that each group will learn, assist, and support the other. Elderly insight and wisdom will combine with new ideas and energetic spirits.
Ultimately, the RAM Foundation desires to host its own physical campus to include: office spaces, classrooms, and an auditorium. As the final stages develop, the Foundation hopes to become financially sufficient so that participants can continue to be enriched throughout the year at a minimum cost and/or with opportunities for scholarships. The Foundation dreams of a campus committed to the arts where the youth can explore ideas and dare to dream beyond their current horizons.
Rev. Dr. Mary O. Stover, Founder/CEO