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Successful summer

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A YMCA of Clay County Day Camper has her eyes checked by Brazil Lion's Club member Suellen Wegner (sitting) and Riley Lion's Club member Linda Tincher Wednesday. The clubs worked together to give out the exams for free. [Order this photo]
* Students take part in YMCA Day Camp

Youngsters taking part in the YMCA of Clay County Summer Day Camp have been very busy.

According to camp co-director Becky Sinclair, the camp has averaged approximately 65-70 students in recent weeks, but the number was quite higher during the early portion of summer.

YMCA of Clay County Day Campers in the fourth-grade classes of Tyler Rhodes and Broc Miller spent time this summer painting birdhouses, which will eventually be auctioned off to help fund the Y Strong Kids Campaign. [Order this photo]
"Actually, that's low for us," Sinclair said of the recent numbers. "In the beginning (of summer), we were in the 80s and 90s. I think we topped out at 94 (youth)."

The camp officially ends Aug. 10. However, beginning Monday, youngsters will meet at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil. Campers have met at Forest Park Elementary School all summer, but because the start of school is looming, maintenance workers will be cleaning the building beginning next week.

Sinclair said the students have taken part in several projects so far this summer, including taking field trips to farms, parks and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Ashboro.

This birdhouse is one of many YMCA Day Camp students painted this summer. [Order this photo]
"There have been lots of hands-on things going on," Sinclair said.

Camp directors were also pleased with the attendance for the Leaders Achieving Unity Now Changing History (L.A.U.N.C.H.) program, which was developed this year.

The program, for middle school students, witnessed approximately 15 campers daily.

Sinclair said the students made a doghouse for the Clay County Humane Shelter.

"They really, really enjoyed that," she said.

In addition, students in fourth-grade classes spent the summer painting birdhouses.

Clay County Lion's Club member David Schopmeyer built the birdhouses.

Director Pam Fischer told The Brazil Times the birdhouses will be auctioned off in a silent auction and all funds raised will go to the YMCA of Clay County Strong Kids Campaign.

Sinclair added the camp's meal program was also a success.

Students attending Day Camp were offered two hot meals daily in addition to one snack.

"We've had so much positive feedback from parents and campers," Sinclair said.

Forest Park Elementary School cook Leslie Harris prepared the meals for the students.

"She has been so creative," Sinclair said.

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