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Special summer camp for Plattsburgh kids

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BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. -

Jessica Monz and her 5-year-old daughter, Isabella, live in the Plattsburgh Housing Authority. This summer Isabella gets to have fun in the sun at the first annual Ted K Summer Camp.

"Just getting the kids out, out in something they would probably never get a chance to do," her mom said.

The Ted K Center is part of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, a low-income apartment complex. The center provides fun and safe activities for kids living at the housing authority. Isabella is 1 of 16 kids having a good time at the free camp provided for them.

"I like to play in the sprinkler and walk around and see things," Isabella said.

The two-week summer program takes place at Camp Tapawingo in Beekmantown. The kids get to take part in hiking, arts and crafts, and outdoor games and activities.

"I think it's good for them just to get fresh air and be away from home. And just be free. That's what I feel like being here, being free. It's a lot of fun," Jessica Monz said.

The Ted K Summer Camp finally kicked off this summer thanks to the CVPH Foundation. They're fully funding the camp $3,000 and it's not just for camp equipment but camp transportation.

"The majority of that budget went to transportation which was provided by the city school district at a discounted rate, so we're grateful to them. And then we also had to get a medical director and we had to get supplies and different things as well," said Mark Hamilton of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority.

The camp right now is only for kids of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority. Camp directors hope to grow the program next summer, reaching out to more disadvantaged kids.

"We're hoping next year we can year we can get a lifeguard. That would be great because everyone wants to go swimming," Jessica Monz said.

This first-time summer camp is a fund for fresh air for these first time campers.

The camp runs through the end of next week. Week 1 is for campers 5-9; Week 2 is for kids 10-15.

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