Kobacker Center hosts summer camp for troubled children, seeks school supply donations

July 18, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Aaron Horn

The Kobacker Center on The University of Toledo Health Science Campus is hosting a summer camp for students who struggle academically and socially to help prepare them for a strong start to the new school year.

The Eight Weeks of Summer Fun Program, which began June 18 and runs through Aug. 16, has 40 students participating in new lessons each week; topics being covered include character building, social skills, decision making, manners, rules of safety, professions, the Olympics and more.

Campers also have a special day to look forward to each week, such as a cookout that allows family members to experience the program with the students and a day when the fire department and police department visit to discuss safety.

“Our ultimate goals for these kids would be a successful start of the upcoming school year with increased confidence in their abilities to do well,” said Karon G. Price, agency executive director of behavioral health-care services at the Kobacker Center.

The Kobacker Center specializes in helping children with severe emotional troubles such as intense anger, chronic depression and thoughts of suicide. Individual treatment planning allows families to begin to understand the emotional and physical reasons for such problems.

At the end of camp, staff members are hoping to give campers a book bag full of school supplies for the upcoming academic year. The Kobacker Center is seeking donations of neutral color book bags, folders, glue/glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and notebook paper. Donations can be dropped off at the Kobacker Center on Health Science Campus.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Price at 419.383.5419 or karon.price@utoledo.edu.

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