For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2003

Scholarships Available for Day Camp for Children
of Kinship Care Givers

DAYTON, OHIO--Twenty-five fortunate children can attend day camp at a reduced rate. With generous scholarship support, the cost will be only $30.00 per child for the entire two-week session. The Day Camp for Children in Kinship Care Families will be held at the Dakota Center, 33 Barnett Street, Dayton, from July 28 through August 8, 2003. The camp is sponsored by the Grandparents/ Grandchildren Initiative and will be held from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., for children ages 7-12. Fifteen additional children may attend for $55.00.

Activities for the day camp will include swimming, recreational activities, computer instruction, field trips, and community gardening. In addition, a newly developed fun curriculum, "Grand Ideas for Grand Kids," will be incorporated in the program.

For children to attend the day camp, caregivers must commit to having the children attend the full day of camp every day unless there is an illness, and, they must provide transportation for the child to and from the camp. Caregivers themselves will attend a short session on the first morning to learn more about the camp experience, and also on the last afternoon to learn about the children's experiences.

Kinship caregivers are relatives who are raising children other than their own. It is estimated that grandparents and other kinship caregivers are raising more than 4.5 million children across the nation.

There are a limited number of openings and pre-registration is required. To register contact Dionne Henderson, project coordinator, the Center for Healthy Communities at (937) 775-1116.