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Greencastle-Antrim Education Association sends students to summer camp

June 10, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The last day of school for Greencastle-Antrim students was Thursday, but learning doesn't have to stop thanks to the generosity of the school district's teachers.

For the second year in a row, the Greencastle-Antrim Education Association will send students to summer camp through its K-11 Scholarship program.

Jenelle Wagner, treasurer of the association and a fifth-grader teacher, said $2,849 was raised by donations from teachers, support staff and a contribution from F&M Trust of Greencastle.

Forty-four students applied for scholarships to summer camps, and all were given scholarship money, Wagner said.

"Kids are going to sports camps, music camps, dance camps, art camps, golf camps, the Y, Wilson College's SEEDS, Camp Joy El — just to name a few," Wagner said.

Greencastle-Antrim High School sophomore Cody Carbaugh was thrilled when he heard he was getting scholarship money to go to a prestigious wrestling tournament in Orlando, Fla.

"It definitely helped a lot. When my coach told me I was given money, I felt a huge relief come off my chest," Cody said.

The cost of his tournament is $900, but he said the money he received from the scholarship is a big help.

"I want to thank the teachers so much. It's money coming out of their pockets. There aren't words to describe how much I appreciate this," Cody said. "They care so much about making kids better and keeping them out of trouble."

It is the first time Cody will participate in the Amateur Athletic Union Wrestling Scholastic Duals on June 23-28.

The scholarship program was started last year by fourth/fifth-grade teacher John Root.

"He (Root) wanted to support the local camps and to give back to the community to provide kids with the opportunity to go to these camps to have meaningful and motivated experiences in the summer," Wagner said.

Any Greencastle-Antrim School District student in kindergarten through the 11th grade can apply, Wagner said.

"It's really for the proactive student who is interested in going to a camp. Everybody is able to apply for it, but only 44 students took the initiative to do it this year," Wager said.

 "I think that says a lot about those kids who really want to have fun and do something great in the summer; and at the same time, understand the importance of applying for a scholarship."

She said the teachers also wanted to help out their community in today's tough economy.

"I have had parents come to me and say, 'Because you were able to donate more than 75 percent of the cost of the camp, we were able to say yes to our son or daughter,'" Wagner said.

"That's really powerful that had we not helped, maybe they wouldn't have been able to say yes otherwise."

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