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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1 , 2004

Announcing the Second Annual Day Camp for Kinship Children

Dayton, Ohio-The Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative with the Center for Healthy Communities is announcing the Second Annual Day Camp for Children for Children being Raised by Relatives. The day camp will be held at the Dakota Center, 33 Barnett Street, Dayton, from June 28 through July 9, 2004, from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., for children age 7-12. With scholarship support, the cost will be $30 per child for the entire session for the first 30 children who are registered, with a discount given to additional children in the same family. For children who are not eligible for scholarships, the cost is $60 for the session. There are a limited number of openings and registration is required. Registration begins May 28. Enrollment can be completed at the Dakota Center, or register by calling (937) 228-8961. Transportation is not provided. The event is sponsored through a grant from the Junior League of Dayton.

Activities for the day camp will include swimming, recreation, computer instruction, field trips, and community gardening. In addition, a curriculum, "Grand Ideas for Grand Kids," will be taught. These lessons will lead children through discussions and activities focused around subjects such as All About Me, Families Are Special, Friendship, Anger, Fear, Guilt and other topics.

For children to attend the day camp, caregivers 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 will attend a session on the first morning to learn more about the camp experience and the last afternoon to learn what the children accomplished.

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.

For more information about the Day Camp or Kinship Caregivers, contact Dionne Henderson, project coordinator for the Center for Healthy Communities at (937) 775-1116.