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Summer camp financial assistance available through F.I.S.H. of SanCap

By Staff | Apr 30, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva provides partial financial assistance for children’s summer camp sessions through its Summer Youth Scholarship Program.

With the end of the school year nearing, the F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva Summer Youth Scholarship Program provides partial financial assistance for children’s summer camp sessions.

The scholarships are made available, in part, through partnerships with BIG ARTS, the Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Sea School, Children’s Education Center of the Islands and Captiva Island Yacht Club, and through donations from private donors and grant funds from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation.

“Our goal is to help build economic security for families by giving children the opportunity to experience quality care while their parent works,” F.I.S.H. Program Director Kathy Monroe said. “Summer programs, now more than ever, play a crucial role in the development of school-age children. The structure that these programs provide is invaluable to the family, and educationally fun for the children.”

The organizations providing summer programs include:

– BIG ARTS: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (grades K-12)

– Children’s Education Center of the Islands: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (pre-K)

– Sanibel Recreation Center: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (grades 1-8)

– Sanibel Sea School: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ages 6 and older, plus two weeks for ages 4-6)

– Edison Sailing Center: Half-day sessions, times vary depending on activity (ages 8 and older)

– Captiva Island Yacht Club: June 11-22 running Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; second session in July is full (ages 8 and older)

Again this year, the Captiva Island Yacht Club and its members donated scholarships to the youth summer sailing camp. It introduces children to the sport of sailing, water and wildlife. Based on need and eligibility, the scholarships will be offered to families as determined by F.I.S.H. social workers.

A partnership with the Sanibel Sea School is new, with the Edison Sailing Center in the works.

“There are so many wonderful opportunities that offer a learning experience and appreciation for the unique environment we live in. We are pleased to announce our newly formed partnership with the Sanibel Sea School, where Doc Bruce and his team have all kinds of adventures lined up for the kids,” F.I.S.H. President Maggi Feiner said. “Additionally, we are beginning conversations with the Edison Sailing Center to offer their half day boating, windsurfing and paddle boarding camp through our scholarship program.”

“We understand that families sometimes face economic challenges and must make difficult choices. Our hope is that no child is deprived of a summer camp opportunity because of this,” case manager Nitza Lopez said. “Thank you to our donors for giving children the chance to experience camps here on Sanibel and Captiva.”

Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The F.I.S.H. Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of a family’s income and expense documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the length and cost of the program and the family’s financial status. Scholarships will cover only a portion of the tuition cost.

For more information and eligibility, contact Kathy Monroe at 239-472-4775.