Allen, age 10, learned how to play basketball this summer and wants to be a chef!

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Describe your favorite memory at Carver.

“My favorite memory at Carver was the last day of camp last year when we had a barbecue. We had chips, burgers, and hot dogs. All the kids came outside so it was really fun. Everyone was talking to each other. It was bittersweet, because I was sad that I wasn't going to see my friends for a year, but we were all excited to have adventures and tell each other about them when we come back the next summer.”

Who is your role model?

"My role model is Dr. Martin Luther King because he allowed everybody to come together. If he would have just sat down and watched all of the violence going on, all of us wouldn't be where we are today. "

What do you want to be when you grow up?

“My number one dream is to be a chef. My grandma and my mom really got me into cooking. I made seafood with my mom, and my grandma taught me how to make macaroni and cheese. I've never cooked by myself before though, because my mom thinks I might set the place on fire."

How do you think Carver could help you become a chef?

"The staff here are really encouraging. And you also make really good friends here, who will also encourage you."

What is something that you're passionate about?

"I also like drawing, especially with my friends. I love drawing Pokémon and people sometimes. Most of the time, I draw in my free time at Carver. "

Describe an accomplishment that you’re proud of.

"I'm proud of when I made my first basketball shot. My friends were pushing me to make a shot because I wasn't really a sports kid. I used to stay home and watch TV and play video games. My friends told me to shoot and I did, and I missed a couple of them. But then I shot and I actually made it and I was really happy. I like basketball a lot now. "

Describe Carver to someone who doesn’t know what it is.

“Carver is fun. You go on a lot of trips and you make a lot of new friends.”

Jim Schaffer