'Special Kids on Campus' opens eight-day camp at Marietta College

"Special Kids on Campus," a special program for children with disabilities, returns to Marietta College for a third year of activities starting an eight-day camp on July 25th.

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 Aug. 10.

"Children with disabilities are excited to be returning to the campus and utilize the facilities," said Dr. Bill Bauer, coordinator for activities. "We also have our education students in the Mild/Moderate licensure program get their field work and class work completed. For some of the students, it is a happy reunion."

More than 50 children with disabilities, along with about 12 staffs and students will participate in this year's program. Activities include a round of miniature golf, bawling, a visit to the Columbus zoo, and a day at Marietta's Aquatic Center and Civitan Park.

"It is a recreational and fun camp experience for children with special needs," said Sherry Coffman, the president of ARC Washington County. "Also, it is totally free to the parents."

The program is funded entirely by donations from Marietta hospital foundation and Marietta community foundation, and local citizens of Washington County.

"There is absolutely no way that we can have this camp with donations from friends and community members and organization," Bauer said. "I can't say enough about the support."

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.