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Children’s Aid Society Middle School Campers in Washington Heights Celebrate “Summer of Champions”

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Friday, August 22, 2008
9:00 a.m. – noon

Where:
The Children’s Aid Society’s Mirabal Sisters Campus Community School
21 Jumel Place at 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

What:
Sixty Children’s Aid Society campers aged 10-14 will participate in a special day of sports and mental calisthenics to cap a “Summer of Champions” spent learning about the Olympics and sportsmanship.

Right before the Beijing Olympics close on Sunday, these middle school students will reflect upon and celebrate their own summer activities. All the children studied the Olympics through three themes: arts/culture, media/advertising and sports/fitness/nutrition.

9:00 a.m. – Campers start the day by reciting the Olympic Oath
9:30 – 10:00 – Olympic Trivia
10:00 – 10:30 – Medicine Ball Throw
10:30 – 11:00 – Olympic Spelling Bee
11:00 – 11:30 – Two-on-Two Basketball Game
11:30 – 12:00 – Jump Rope and Sponge Relay Race

Ribbons will be awarded to students after each activity.

Who:
The Children's Aid Society partners with the New York City Department of Education in 22 public community schools in the Bronx, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Staten Island. A Children’s Aid Society community school offers extended hours and services in order to combine the best quality educational and youth development practices with a wide range of on-site medical, dental, mental health and social services.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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