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Rotary club sends kids to camp

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The Rotary Club of Duluth will be able to send 30 local children to 10 weeks of day camp. To celebrate, the rotary held a cookout at Rogers Bridge Park that included horseback rides.

Special Photo The Rotary Club of Duluth will be able to send 30 local children to 10 weeks of day camp. To celebrate, the rotary held a cookout at Rogers Bridge Park that included horseback rides.

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Special Photo The Rotary Club of Duluth will be able to send 30 local children to 10 weeks of day camp. To celebrate, the rotary held a cookout at Rogers Bridge Park that included horseback rides.

DULUTH -- Thanks to the Rotary Club of Duluth, 30 local kids are able to attend 10 weeks of day camp this summer.

The children live at Rainbow Village, a Duluth non-profit that provides transitional housing to homeless families working toward self-sufficiency. It is the third year in a row that the Rotary Club has helped give the children a wholesome outlet for the summer.

"The support of the Rotary Club of Duluth means so much to our children, who would not have the opportunity to attend camp otherwise," said Nancy Yancey, CEO of Rainbow Village. "Camp not only provides a safe and nurturing place for them while their parents are working but, most importantly, an opportunity to make new friends and learn many new social and life skills. We are grateful for Rotarians and their community support."

According to a press release, the Rotarians were able to continue the commitment despite a rocky economy, holding two separate fundraising events, including a "Texas Hold'em and Bingo Players' Party" in January and an "In the Rough Golf Tournament" in April.

"Our members are highly dedicated to supporting community causes, like Rainbow Village, that foster healthy, happy children and families," said Pam Baxter, president of the local club.

Earlier this month, Rotarians and the families of Rainbow Village met to celebrate the beginning of the day camp, hosting a cookout and horseback rides at Rogers Bridge Park.

The kids will enjoy the Duluth Parks and Recreation day camp.

"We know that many families are struggling financially, so we've been particularly conscientious about tuition costs," said Kathy Marelle, director of the city program. "This summer, we've scheduled a broad range of activities that are always popular with the kids, but, just like everyone who has had made budget cuts, we're sticking to a plan that is affordable."

For more information about the Rotary Club of Duluth, visit the organization's website at www.clubrunner.ca/duluth. Information about Rainbow Village is available at www.rainbowvillage.org, while Bunten Road Park's summer day camp schedules are at www.duluthga.net/department/parks-recreation/summer-camps/.