Community groups keep kids moving and fed during summer

By Paula Morris Contributing writer There are many after-school programs in the Pierce County area that offer food and snacks to kids during the school year. But what happens when summer vacation starts? Carol Wright, the director of the Graham-Kapowsin Community Council (GKCC), says there are 360 homeless kids in the Graham area alone. All of them may have depended on school lunch and after-school care as their major source of food. It's not only homeless kids who need help. Kids whose families are facing a crisis- GÇô job loss, low-wage jobs, illness, etc. GÇô need food as well. Happily, through the generosity of private donors and through community grants, there are a number of excellent resources in the Graham-Eatonville area that cater to the issue of feeding kids through the summer. " Ecosystem Explorer's Science and Fitness (through the GKCC). Summer camp, July 5-Aug. 25, Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Frontier Middle School, 22110 108th Ave. E., room 113. $25 a day or $75a week. Includes healthy snack, field trips, exploring habitats, learning to protect the environment. Scholarships available. To register, call Carol Wright at 253-279-3071 or e-mail her at " Youth Connection. Summer camp last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August, Monday-Thursday, 12-5 p.m., Glacier Park in Eatonville. Free. Includes snack, crafts, outdoor activities. Also, meals for kids at Eatonville Community Center from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday- Friday through July 8, and a free monthly dinner at the center. " Eatonville Family Agency provides Feed the Children backpack program, a food bank and a Crock Pot Program. Works with churches, private donations and United Way to provide families with a crock pot and a "soup bagGÇ¥ of bulk ingredients. Contact the organization and director Alana Smith for details at 305 W. Center St. in Eatonville, 360-832-6805 and Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


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