What’s Good In South Jersey? Maker’s Day 2023 — With Isaiah Showell

By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host

Salvation Army Lieutenant’s Melissa Lowell & Sahory Montilla. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell.

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Maker’s Day aims to invite the community into the maker’s space by using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities. The city of Bridgeton’s target audience was the children in the community. Appel Farm, Unidos Para La Familia, and Laeda were just a few of the organizations that were in attendance serving the children and families in Bridgeton.

Sehrish Khan of Laeda was happy to share resources with the community.

Maker’s Day invited the youth of Bridgeton to participate in STEM activities leading to opportunities for kids to learn and adults to volunteer. It’s What’s Good in South Jersey — with Isaiah Showell.

“One of our courses we offer is turning your hobby into a business,” said Khan. “They can come and do training, expand for more than family and friends and monetize and make it into a business.”

Laeda Representative Sehrish Khan. Photo credit: Isaiah Showell.

Melissa Lowell and Sahory Montilla were representatives of Bridgeton’s Salvation Army and reminded people about volunteering opportunities. Both Lowell and Montilla are acting lieutenants for The Salvation Army and encourage people to help and not feel like they don’t have anything to offer because they don’t earn a lot of money.

“There’s always some way, something that people can do,” said Lowell. “We have one that comes, and she answers the phone for us, that’s what she does because things get so busy.”

Appel Farm sent sound engineers to the Steamworks building to work the sound recording studio. Kids learned how to make and produce music while learning about Garage Band and other software that helps create music. Maker’s Day is definitely What’s Good in South Jersey!

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