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Arc of Effingham extends its thanks
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Dear Editor, The Arc of Effingham would like to thank the many people who helped to make the 6th annual Camp Hollywood a success this year at the Springfield Elementary School. Of the 23 children this year we had several children with autism who enjoyed the camp and worked very hard to maintain good behavior. All the children interacted very well with each other and the parents were very pleased for the opportunity to see their children in a fun setting where they had room to move around on walkers and wheelchairs and have free play. The children are given opportunities to make choices and express themselves with the art, music and drama activities at the camp. Without the wonderful adults and youth that come each year to help we could not have this camp. We had several young adults with autism who were able to share personal experiences and support to the younger children. Parents are able to meet other parents at the camp who face the same trials and can find support there. The camp offers a very low registration cost to the families, training in leadership to the youth, information about disability and the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people who care about others. Lessons are learned about cooperation, differences and respect for others. So we extend a heartfelt thank you to all who gave of themselves to be there, some for 50 hours plus, at this very special camp. Thank you to two special ladies who offered to sew last minute costumes! Thanks to Austin and Ivory and others for the great art work on our mural. Thank you to Terri Johnson and David Fulcher for making our camp comfortable and welcoming. Thanks for funding and support that came by the way of our legislators that fund the National Endowment for the Arts, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Grassroots Arts Program located in Statesboro. Thanks also for private donations from individuals and local businesses such as Sew and So in Meldrim, Arrington Properties in Rincon, Premier Concrete in Rincon, Dersts Baking Company, Little Debbie, the YMCA LIT program, LIFE., Inc. and most importantly, the Effingham County Board of Education. The use of the BOE facility is important because that allows for a climate controlled, wheelchair accessible location. Thanks to you all, the camp has truly been my pleasure. Nina Dasher President, Arc of Effingham