More children get to go to camp

School may be out for summer, but children are still heading to George Town Primary this month.

The school runs a math and literacy summer camp throughout July, known as the Education Extra Camp, which costs $75 a week without meals and $100 a week with meals.

Now, thanks to a donation of $1,000 from the New Self Help Community Foundation with funds raised at the annual talent show at the Harquail Theatre on 26 June, 10 children whose parents could otherwise not afford to send their kids to the camp will get to attend classes.

As well as learning math and improving their reading skills, the children also take part in music, drama, arts and crafts classes and play football and basketball. Students also take field trips and attend vacation Bible school.

“The camp is great for children who need remedial help and to extend school skills. It’s also a great way to avoid learning loss during the summer,” said school principal Marie Martin.

“This donation from the New Self Help Community Foundation will help some parents who need a little help with funding,” she said.

She said the money would “give 10 students the opportunity to attend the summer camp. Otherwise, these children would have been at home with nothing to do.”

This is the second time the foundation has donated to the school.

JC Connor, the foundation’s CEO, said the organisation was delighted to be able to help out children with this donation, which he and fellow members presented to the treasurer of George Town Primary School PTA, Nicole O’Connor on Saturday, 16 July.

“The Foundation’s vision and mission is to inspire young people to take responsibility for their future; build strong educational, social and cultural awareness and positive self esteem; and further economic development,” Mr. Connor said.

The Talent Xposition of the Arts last month included a showcase of local talents and featured poetry, dance, drama, exhibitions and creative teachings.

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