'Special Kids on Campus' begins three-week stint at MC on July 10

Special Kids on Campus,' a program for people with disabilities, returns to Marietta College for a second year of activities starting a three-week stay Monday, July 10, in both Andrews and Thomas halls.

The program is co-sponsored by the Marietta College Department of Education and Washington County Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC). The program runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through July 28.

"We are excited to bring the annual 'Special Kids on Campus' back to Marietta College," said Dr. Bill Bauer, coordinator for activities. "We are anticipating 40 students with disabilities and a dozen staff. This is also the first year that students in the College's Mild/Moderate Licensure program will be able to get their field experience hours in this program."

Children with disabilities from ages 3-21 are participating in activities arranged by camp director Donna Murphy, who is a Marietta College alum. The children are divided into three different groups; ages 3-5, 5-9 and 10-21.

The participants will also go on field trips to COSI in Columbus and ride the Valley Gem sternwheeler on the Ohio River. Bauer also said the students will go bowling, swimming at the Marietta Family YMCA and Betsy Mills Club, and a day at Marietta's Aquatic Center.

"Our main goal is to capitalize on this opportunity and make the children as independent as we can," Bauer said.

The program is completely funded through donations. The ARC, founded in 1950 is a national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families.