CARE summer camp

Melanie Rendos, B.S., COTA, CARE occupational therapy assistant, at left, and Katlyn Hillard, M.Ed., CARE summer recreation teacher, give CARE kid Carmine Calderone, 14, son of Jennifer Alcock, a helping hand on the balance beam during an open gym session held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. CARE’s summer day camp is made possible by the Orak Grotto’s annual Tag Days.

The Orak Grotto’s annual Tag Days recently raised close to $700 to support scholarships for CARE for Children’s summer day camp for children with developmental and physical disabilities.

Officials said the camp is being held over nine days in June, July, and August at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center in Bradford.

During the day camp, CARE kids have an opportunity to take part in inclusive activities such as open gymnasium, crafts, adaptive swimming, gross motor sessions and field trips; including a day at Pine Acres Country Club for adaptive golf with PGA pro Kirk Stauffer.

Summer day camp is one of the many therapeutic recreation programs that CARE offers each year, which serves as an extension of traditional therapy services and provides children with disabilities the opportunity to socialize, try new things, and promotes health and well-being.

The Orak Grotto has generously supported summer camp for CARE kids and their families for more than 45 years, allowing hundreds of children with disabilities to experience summer camp. Since 2002, CARE for Children has received more than $27,000 from the Tag Days fundraiser.

CARE for Children is a non-profit organization which provides pediatric therapy services, early learning programs, child safety and injury prevention initiatives, therapeutic recreation programs, and community outreach services for children of all abilities in McKean County and the surrounding region.

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