Monday, June 22, 2015

United Way of Washtenaw County funds 10 Rec & Ed camp scholarships for children in need

If you heard a cheer go up at our office last week, it was the sound of us celebrating a grant from the United Way of Washtenaw County. We received $3,800 from their Opportunity Fund to provide 5 weeks of camp free for 10 children from low income families.

Every summer, Rec & Ed offers an afternoon camp as a complement to the AAPS morning Summer Learning Institute (SLI). SLI serves early elementary students who are below grade level in reading or math. It's a powerful, engaging intervention that helps these students catch up and be successful when they return to school in the fall.

Rec & Ed's afternoon camp provides a recreational counterpart to the morning learning experience. Two years ago, funding from the Michigan Dept of Community Health supported Rec & Ed in integrating the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum into SLI Camp. Campers learn about healthy eating, physical activity, and minimizing screen time through games, art activities and discussions. Last year, CATCH campers even visited Food Gatherers on a field trip

Some children who are invited to attend the SLI come from working families with very low income. These parents/guardians need full day care for their children, but can't afford our camp. Support from the Washtenaw United Way will allow these students to participate in SLI in the morning and camp in the afternoon for five weeks. 

Thank you, United Way of Washtenaw County! 

Do you know an SLI student who needs a scholarship to our Rec & Ed afternoon camp? Download a PDF of the registration form here. To learn more about Rec & Ed scholarships in general, click here

We gratefully accept any amount of financial support for children in our Rec & Ed scholarship program. Click here to donate (you'll need to create an account in our registration system, if you don't already have one)

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