College Place Authorizes Nearly $220,000 for Youth Summer Recreation Programs | Local News

The Town of College Place will contract with three local organizations to provide recreational opportunities for local youth this summer, the city council voted unanimously Tuesday.

College Place Public Schools, Kiwanis Park’s Camp Fire Program and SonBridge Center for Better Living will each receive a portion of nearly $220,000 in funding to provide additional programs or scholarships for low-income youth.

College Place Public Schools will receive the largest portion, $134,000, to fund a summer intramural sports program for students in grades 1-5 the following year, according to the draft application. .

The grant funds would fund four full-time staff members for the duration of the summer and partially fund supplies such as portable pickleball and volleyball nets as well as soccer and disc golf goals.

These kinds of youth programs are especially needed, according to the funding proposal, to help students build interpersonal and social skills after years of pandemic restrictions and isolation.

A sliding scale will be used to adjust attendance fees based on a student’s free or reduced lunch status, with $41,000 of grant funds earmarked for scholarships and grants.

The Camp Fire Walla Walla summer program will receive $50,000 to reduce camp fees from $235 to $150 per child per week and to provide additional scholarships to low-income and underserved families for its 2022 programming at the park Kiwanis. Details can be found at wwcampfire.org.

And the SonBridge Center for Better Living, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, will receive more than $32,000 for new Hispanic Youth Leadership and Valley Adventure Camps programs.

Little information about either program is currently available as the organization works out the details of what will be offered, said Norman Thiel, executive director of the SonBridge Center.

The funding request says the camps would run five days a week for 10 weeks and feature activities such as music, drama, science and more. Funding from the City of College Place will help pay for staff and supplies as well as subsidize registration fees, Thiel said.

Funding for these programs went through multiple levels of government before reaching College Place and came from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 stimulus package.

Washington State used part of its bailout funding to create the Summer Experiences and Enrichment for Kids Fund, which the state distributed to cities in cooperation with the Association of Washington Cities and the Washington Park Recreation Association. .

From there, individual towns that received SEEK funds were allowed to contract with community organizations to deliver the recreation programs.

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