A local camp is helping special needs children thrive this summer. Camp Imagine is for kids from Kindergarten through age 21 who face learning or physical challenges. It helps keep the students from losing the skills they learned during the school year, but there are plenty of fun activities too.
Older students get vocational experience by working for the Avon Lake Historical Society, selling snacks and giving tours of the landmark Folger House on Lake Road. And they're happy to share their knowledge.
"The Folger House was built in 1902 as the summer home for the family of Thomas Folger, who was a veteran of the Civil War and the mayor of Elyria," said Tim, a Camp Imagine student.
"Our mission is to carve 'dis' out of disability," said Gjergj Haxhiu, Camp Imagine Board President. "We focus on abilities, we don't use the disability to define them, we focus on strengths."
The students also put on a play; this year's theme is "Welcome to Camelot."
"The idea is that we want to slay the dragon, that voice within that says ‘I can't' because we want to focus on the ‘I can," said Haxhiu.
"I love it, the nice people and nice activities and I love the teachers," said Ashleigh, a Camp Imagine student.
"I love the play, I love this camp, you should come here," said Allison, another camper.
"I hope people will realize that all of us have a chance to make our lives better by including these wonderful children in our communities, our neighborhoods and our schools," said Haxhiu. "I think all of us become better people by working with them."
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