After another long, cold, Geauga County winter, warmer weather is hopefully on its way. Spring is usually the time that children begin counting the days until the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation.
Once again, Geauga County Job and Family Services is pleased to offer the Summer Camp and Enrichment Program which provides foster children and low income children from Geauga County an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience or summer activity.
Over 100 children benefitted from this program in 2014, attending an array of activities including resident and day camp, swimming lessons, little league baseball, football and basketball camps, YMCA camp, music lessons, gymnastic camp, nature camp and cheerleading. The Summer Camp and Enrichment Program is supported entirely through donations from Geauga County residents, civic groups, churches and businesses.
Monetary donations to the Summer Camp and Enrichment program also assist families with paying participation fees. Limited funding has forced many schools to institute a “pay to participate” policy for after school activities. These fees range anywhere from $100 per year up to $425 per sport! For many families who struggle every day to make ends meet, this is an expense that they simply cannot afford. Students benefit from participating in extracurricular activities through the coaching and mentoring they receive, as well as maintaining the required grade point average.
If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact Sara Shininger at (440) 285-9141, ext. 1263.
People wishing to donate to the Summer Camp and Enrichment program should make their check payable to Special Services of Geauga County. Include “Summer Camp” in the memo portion of the check. Checks can be mailed to Geauga County Job and Family Services, PO Box 309, Chardon, Ohio 44024