Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`It's like School, except It's Fun' Day Camp Gives Kids a CHANCE

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`It's like School, except It's Fun' Day Camp Gives Kids a CHANCE

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There is a Jacksonville summer day camp that gives area youths


Young Life, a Christian organization, and CHANCE -- Creating

Healthy Activities to Nurture Children through Education -- are

sponsoring the camp, being held at Hollybrook Homes Apartments,

104 King St. The camp will run through Aug. 7.

Young Life Hollybrook CHANCE, the name of the camp, gives

children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to participate in

activities that are aimed at teaching the children while they

have fun. Apparently, it's working.

"It's like school, except it's fun," said William Young, 14,

who is now a Junior Leader after participating as a camper in

the program for two years.

Dorothy Wilson, literacy specialist for CHANCE who runs the

camp, said the camp is aimed at youths of all races who are

economically disadvantaged. It tries to build self-esteem in the

children through education and create a desire in the children

to go to school, she said.

The children participate in academics in the morning, focusing

on areas such as math, reading and current events. They also

enjoy singing during the morning sessions, Wilson said.

"This camp is fun," said firstyear participant William Gatson,

11. "I like the songs and the field trips."

Organizations are brought in to teach the children about

various topics aimed at protecting them. Children were recently

taught about water safety by the American Red Cross. Later in

the summer, they will hear from the Jacksonville Sheriff's

Office, the Jacksonville Urban League and animal control

officials, just to name a few, Wilson said. All children will

sign up for library cards as a part of the camp.

"They need to go to the library so they can be welllearned,"

said Wilson, a retired school teacher of 32 years. "Reading is

the key to education."

Hollybrook Homes is a public housing project provided to

lowincome families. CHANCE receives governmental funding for its

program, Wilson said. The camp, however, is not restricted to

Hollybrook residents. Anyone who wants to participate is

allowed, she said. …

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