Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – It’s the perfect balance of learning, making new friends and having fun for Buffalo youth. Say Yes Buffalo’s free summer camp is back for his 10th year.
“It has been a wonderful experience for my staff, professional development, children, and families.And year after year, the service and support has gotten better. It’s a godsend for the City of Buffalo. We are truly grateful for the support of all of you and our funders for giving us the opportunity to serve children who would otherwise experience difficulties and lose their summer learning abilities.” said a Delavan Glider Community Center executive. Directed by Candice Moppins.
Starting this Tuesday, 27 campgrounds in Buffalo will host more than 1,400 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
“Our summer camps offer a mix of academic and enriching activities that enhance both academic growth and social-emotional learning. We are using it and our students will be taking multiple field trips over the summer,” said Leah Rush, extended study hours manager at Say Yes Buffalo.
“They will also participate in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, as part of which students are provided with healthy meals and snacks in addition to engaging in physical activity in a fun and safe environment. Thanks to great partners like the Delavan Glider Community Center, each of our 27 locations has worked hard for months to prepare for a fun and engaging summer of learning, new experiences, physical activity and personal growth. I did.”
Funding from the City of Buffalo will allow students to receive race equality training through mobile health clinics provided by Say Yes Buffalo’s Boys and Men of Color and neighborhood health centers.
“Multiple clinics provide essential primary care services and immunizations to students in our area. Students can also access Buffalo Hope Healing Circles in selected locations. This year we also added a partnership with Read To Succeed Buffalo, where students who participated in one-on-one reading and writing instruction during the school year will continue that instruction at two of our summer campsites. ‘ added Rush.
Major funding for summer camps comes from Buffalo Public Schools, the Cullen Foundation of Erie County, the Oisei Foundation, and the City of Buffalo. Additional funding will come from the National Grid Foundation and the Erie County Children’s Foundation.
“Today is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Say Yes Buffalo Chief Executive Officer David Last. “We sincerely thank all of our partners and the team at Say Yes Buffalo for working tirelessly to make this program a success. Above all, it is a true lifeline for students who enjoy the opportunity to stay active and have fun during the summer.”