The game of basketball being played outside in the parking lot of Strong Tower Fellowship Church, isn't really anything exceptional in itself. But what has brought the kids together to play the game, is where the story begins.
"We have three main goals. That's to share the love of Christ, to come alongside academically, and encourage success or fill in gaps," Executive Director of the Campus Clubs, Robyn Crosby says.
Campus Clubs is what the church calls their after school program. Volunteers are keying in on children from the Pleasant Hill neighborhood in Macon, to give them help not only in their academics, but to walk with the kids as they grow and learn in life.
Kids come to the program to work on computer skills, learn the value of playing on a team, and tackle music.
Connie Carey began her volunteer work about a year ago, when she realized mission work didn't only take place overseas.
"(We) didn't realize that there were people a mile and a half from our house, who were physically hungry, or who didn't have heat...that there were children who were not able to read," Carey explains.
Carey is not a certified teacher, but she helps kids with their reading and math. She also brings the joy of music into the children's lives, by teaching them to play the piano. Her goal is to work alongside the kids, teaching them life skills, and stay with them as they grow up and live their lives. She wants to build a relationship with each one of the kids.
"When they realize that you're not just a drive-by person, you're actually coming back next week and the week after that. To see their eyes light up when you come to the classroom...it's phenomonally satisfying."
It's satisfying for the learners too. Laughing, singing, and learning to play the piano are all just part of the few hours a day where they get the extra attention needed, and deserved.
"What we've realized is kids need consistency," Crosby explains. "They need relationships and consistency."