Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Editorial

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SUMMER CAMPS — Summer camp is always a fun way to meet new friends and participate in an array of activities. Two camps will be held for children, ages 5 to 12, beginning in June and July.

These camps are Camp Spirit in North Tonawanda and Camp TeBeCe in Grand Island.

Camp Spirit runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 through Aug. 24, and Camp TeBeCe runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 2 through Aug. 24.

Camp Spirit will take place at 1601 Sweeney St. in North Tonawanda. It includes several activities for children to enjoy, including a sports and recreation area; a pavilion for arts and crafts; fishing and games; a sand and swing area; a technology area for play, video games and STEM; themed weeks such as Harry Potter Week; and field trips; among others.

At Camp TeBeCe, the day starts off with a pledge to the flag every morning; free lunch every day through the county lunch program; a mile run to identify the fastest boy and girl; a treasure chest hunt full of prizes in the woods; an egg toss; team building activities; fishing; arts and crafts; field trips to places such as Fantasy Island and Chuck E. Cheese’s; and a big camp cookout every Friday, just to name a few.

To register for Camp Spirit, contact Sandi at the Newman Family Clubhouse at 693-2307 or email sgerace@bgcnt.net. To register for Camp TeBeCe, contact Adam at 873-3244 or Franco at 876-7583 or email camp tebece@bgcnt.net.

Individuals also can download a registration form at www.BGC NT.net. Those interested in sponsoring a child for camp through the Camp Champ program can also visit www.BGCNT.net.

DONATION — Thanks to Kenmore East High School, Kids Escaping Drugs recently received a $3,000 donation from the annual Join the Winners initiative, a homegrown school effort to help children and teenagers struggling with addiction.

Representing Kenmore East High School were Principal Patrick Heyden; Bob O’Connor, science department chair and Join the Winners coordinator; and students Bridget Reilly, Shareen Abdallah, Mayan Karpie-Jones and Jessica Fink. Suzanne D’Amico, director of development for Kids Escaping Drugs, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.

Kenmore East has raised thousands of dollars every year to support Kids Escaping Drugs and its mission of addressing drug and alcohol addiction in young people through proactive early education and intervention and through services for young people struggling with addiction.

Each year, Join the Winners culminates in a schoolwide event that brings together hundreds of students in grades eight through 12 with friendly class competitions and activities, such as relay races, an air band competition and dance.

TRAIN PRESENTATION — If you are interested in trains and the history of the area, you might want to attend a free presentation next week.

Joseph Kocsis of the Western New York Railroad Historical Society will present “Riding the Trains through Tonawanda, a 175-Year History” at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, at 100 Knoche Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

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