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School's Out for Summer!

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is this weekend, but the last day of school has come and gone and the rising temperatures are proof that summer is officially here.

As many know, United Way of Southeast Missouri works closely with the school districts in their four-county service area. Donors help provide funding to a variety of educational programs, including student emergency funds, after school mentoring, and literacy programs. United Way funded partners work diligently to provide a safe, healthy and educational environment for youth every school year. Their work doesn’t stop after the last bell though. Organizations such as The Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri and the Cape Girardeau and Scott County 4-H programs provide summer camp opportunities to ensure the basic needs of students are met year round.

4H is an opportunity to meet new friends, experience a variety of activities and build leadership skills. This year campers will learn about beekeeping, poultry, potato farming, rice, and cotton. Besides those learning experiences, a nutritional aspect is always included; this year it will be a workshop about where food comes from. 4-H also stresses giving back to their community, so as a community service project campers will be making wildflower bombs to take home with them.  This serves as a community project because it helps insects pollinate in their home communities. In addition, youth will participate in other camp activities, such as swimming, archery, songs, and a dance.  Camp is a fun filled three days that youth are reluctant to leave and look forward to every year.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri will kick off their six week “Summer Brain Gain” on June 12 at Centenary United Methodist Church and Shawnee Park Center. This year they have the opportunity to host camp at two locations, making the drop off process easier for parents. For $30/week students participate in educational and fun activities and field trips as well as eat breakfast, lunch and snack.

 Mr. Mike Bowers with the Salvation Army Youth Programming said the organization has many plans set to mentor area students this summer. Not only will they monitor the students’ performance at summer school, but they’ll also expose the youth to new things both in and outside of Cape Girardeau. The youth will participate in a couple different service projects, including a project for the Optimist Club and an ongoing effort to pick up trash along Sprigg Street.

United Way of Southeast Missouri is proud to partner with organizations dedicated to ensuring area students are able to enjoy their summer while still being provided with basic needs and educational tools to keep them on track and ready for the next school year. If you’re interested in sponsoring a student this summer, click here to make your gift today.