The Wayne Highlands Education Association has named as the recipient of its Community Outreach Program grant for the month of November, announced President Todd D. Miller, a Social Studies teacher at Honesdale High School.
The Wayne Highlands Education Association has named as the recipient of its Community Outreach Program grant for the month of November, announced President Todd D. Miller, a Social Studies teacher at Honesdale High School. Two hundred and twenty faculty and support staff members and administrators are participating in the program, which raises money for area non-profit groups that perform valuable services for our children and their families. The WHEA Executive Committee selected recipients at its meeting this past week. The ARC, Wayne County, is the local chapter of the largest advocacy organization in the United States for citizens with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The mission of The ARC is to support inclusion of every individual with a developmental disability into community life. The ARC, Wayne County, is the sponsor of the Dyberry Day Camp. Established in 1972 by a group of parents and educators from the former J.J. Koehler School, the Dyberry Day Camp functions for 20 days during July to provide leisure time activity to challenged children aged 5-21 years. During July 2013, 56 campers participated at Dyberry and over the years hundreds have benefited and enjoyed the activities of the camp. The operation of the camp is relatively simplistic. A typical day includes roll call and pledge to the American flag, circle time, songs, crafts, physical activity, swimming at the Honesdale Pool and field trips. The camp and other activities of The ARC are primarily funded through a community solicitation and through the annual Bike-Hike, which is a spring event, supported by the Wayne Highlands and Wallenpaupack Area School Districts. All monies raised stay in Wayne County and are used for staffing, transportation and supplies and for advocacy and special community activities for older challenged persons. The campers, staff and their families sincerely appreciate all that this wonderful community contributes. WHEA salutes the ARC for its work in our community. The grant will be used for seed money for Dyberry Day Camp 2014.