Did you know that Camp Pootie-Cho is the inspiration behind Ms. Lewis’ book, Good Manner Alphabets (how to be a super polite kid)? Well, when she was layoff in 2009, most of her extended family members were also out of a job (no income or low income). As school was about to close for the year, most did not know what they would do with their children during the summer for 10 whole weeks!
Lewis had no luck finding employment while she worked on other writing projects. She needed a break from her writing and an idea came to mind—‘run a small summer camp with the family kids!’ Her mother, a retired school teacher and a few of the older children in the family (recent college graduates) liked the idea and joined in. A local pastor allowed the use of his church for the camp. (two of his children attended). The parents provided lunch, Lewis and her team planned indoor activities at the church and outdoor activities in the parks, all at no cost.
“Sharing my life with those 11 children for 10 weeks added more meaning to my life than anything else,” says Lewis. “That summer I wrote a booklet called, The Good Manners Alphabet Book. By the end of summer, the kids (age 4-11) had memorized all 26 one-liners of good manners using the alphabets.”
Lewis extended the booklet into a book—Good Manner Alphabets (how to be a super polite kid)—and added paragraphs to the one-liners so older children can enjoy it as well. We honestly hope this book help girls and boys become happier, more agreeable children and over time, adults who have turned into proper ladies and gentlemen. The least we can do is train our children’s eye to see how they may add to the enjoyment of others, therefore making friends. The right kind of friendship may give joy for a lifetime.