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Summer Camp--Fun, Sun, and Community Outreach

Shiloh Summer Camp students designed and made quilts for Presbyterian Towers and the Ronald McDonald House.

Each year, the After School Program operates Summer Camps which are held at targeted elementary schools across Union County. The camps are staffed with ASP employees providing a licensed, safe environment for the summer, and there are many different activities. In addition to arts, crafts, and enrichment activities on site, there are field trips for picnics, bowling, movies, and swimming, and educational trips to the Catawba Science Center, Duke Energy Explorium, and Dan Nicholas Park for gem mining. This summer, several camps also performed service projects to help and comfort those in need.

The children at Shiloh Summer Camp did two service projects. First, they decorated canvas quilt panels which were then tied together with ribbons to make two quilts. The quilts were delivered to Presbyterian Towers to provide encouragement to women who go there for breast cancer screenings, and to the Ronald McDonald House to offer comfort to the families who use the facility. In addition, the children also conducted a paper drive for the Ronald McDonald House to collect needed paper products. Vickie Johnson, Shiloh Summer Camp coordinator, is a long-time supporter of both facilities. "Presbyterian Towers and Ronald McDonald House render important services to the community,' said Johnson, "and they are both very appreciative of our efforts to assist their clients."

The children at Marvin Summer Camp shared their resources with the Mecklenburg Animal Shelter. They collected blankets, towels and newspapers from the beginning of summer camp in June until Thursday, July 24. On that day, Animal Control staff brought out River, a service dog, to demonstrate how to be safe around animals. The staff picked up all the donations to take back to the shelter.

Hemby Bridge Summer Camp decided to perform a play, “The Way I Remember It”, by Jeanette Jatuish and invited residents of Carillon Assisted Living. The children also made cards to send back to the residents who were unable to attend.

As summer draws to a close, most children will have memories of warm days, playing with friends, visiting different places, and having a great deal of fun. In addition, the children and staff at these Summer Camp sites will remember that they worked together to help provide support, care and concern for those who may have been worried, scared, homeless, or lonely—all great memories provided by UCPS Summer Camp.

Written by: Karen Smith; photos by Vickie Johnson and Carla Thompson
Posted: Aug 02, 2014 by Karen Smith

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