Spencer Pointe students send kids to camp
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent April 30, 2013 8:43PM
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Updated: June 2, 2013 6:03AM
NEW LENOX — Third-graders at Spencer Pointe Elementary School in New Lenox raised more than $6,000 in the past three years to send foster children to summer camp.
Teacher Robin Radzik, who volunteers with Royal Family Kids, a national organization with a Joliet location, incorporates the fundraising in her math curriculum to teach character-building skills.
The camp provides a week of swimming, fishing, canoeing, woodworking and other activities. They also have a birthday party for every camper. Some children who attend never get a birthday celebration, Fleming said. Campers also receive a photo album of the week. For many, this is the only album they will have from their childhoods.
Radzik said her students look forward to the fundraising every year because they want to help others.
“It is absolutely incredible when you can see an abused child have his hope renewed,” she said.
Students who participated in the fundraising were honored at the April 17 District 122 school board meeting.
“Being we are kids, we cannot vote, however, we can still make a difference,” third -grader Deanna Findlay told the board.
For more information about the organization, go to www.joliet.royalfamilykids.org.