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Summer Camp Kits available

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

Summer camps, like so many other activities this year, have been canceled due to restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

Whereas this may have been the most prudent action to be taken, it does deny youngsters a memorable summer experience and leaves many with little to do.

This became a matter of concern for Carol Smith, board member for the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum.

“A couple of weeks ago we decided we couldn’t do a camp at the Radcliffe and there were a whole lot of people in the same boat and I thought, we gotta do something,” said Smith.

Smith came up with the idea of making a package with toys or games that kids could open every week for the remainder of the summer. Several Community Partners agreed to join in this effort and the result is the Pulaski County Community Summer Camp, which officially begins this coming Wednesday July, 15.

Each week one of these Community Partners will make 100 packages or “kits” available to kids at the Pulaski County Visitor’s Center in Dublin. These kits are free and will be distributed on a first come first served basis between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Parents will register their children when they pick up their first summer camp kit and will receive a card, which can be used every time a child picks up a kit thereafter. These summer camp kits are meant for children ages 5 to 12 years of age.

The Community Partners who will be providing these kits to kids include:

New River Resource Authority

Ratcliffe Museum

T.G. Howard Community Center

PC Social Services

Friends of the Library

Randolph Park

PC Extension Office

Adaire Theater

Wilderness Road Regional Museum

Fine Arts Center

Pulaski Grow

Pulaski Library System

Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

The New River Resource Authority will provide the first set of summer camp kits for the kids. Their kit will contain sunglasses, a coloring book featuring Rocky the Recycling Raccoon, as well as pencils, and crayons, all of which are said to be made from recycled materials.

Each week’s offering will be quite varied. Randolph Park will give away a shark mask in their kit. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley’s kit consists of a drawstring bag that is meant to be decorated by the coloring implements contained inside the bag. The Friends of the Library’s kit will contain a book and book mark which will relate to a summer reading program.

The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum will supply a sticker city kit for kids 5 -8 years of age, while kids 9 – 12 will receive a toy sail boat. There are even plans to have a toy sail boat race on Peak Creek at some point during the summer.

Parents are encouraged to email photos of their children’s creations to: svandergriff@pulaskicounty.org, where they will subsequently be posted on the Pulaski County is … website. Parents may also choose to post pics on Facebook.

The Pulaski County Community Summer Camp is set to continue until Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Questions about this program can be directed to Camp Coordinator – Carol Smith 540-994-2453 chsmith@pclibs.org or the Pulaski County Visitor Center: 540-674-4161.

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