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KOTOX SUMMER CAMP
While children anxiously await the start of summer, many parents are dreading the prospect of 10 weeks with no child care or enrichment activities for their children. In Orange County camps run as high as $250 per week, making them out of reach for many families.
During the summer of 2017 the Department of Social Services (DSS) funded camps for FSA families. One such collaboration took place at Kotox, a taekwondo studio in Carrboro. Owner, Master Ko, hosted children daily from 8:30 to 5:30 and covered a valuable theme each week, such as respect for elders and building your self-esteem. Daily programming included math, science, history, reading, music and learning the many facets of taekwondo. Children and families took trips to Wrightsville Beach, Hanging Rock State Park, and the North Carolina Zoo.
Zone 6 Navigator, Mariela Hernandez, said of the camp, “One example of a success story would be three first grade students who were really struggling with attachment. In the first weeks they were always glued to their mother’s side and were fearful of going to camp. By the end of summer they were quite independent and attended even the field trips with no anxiety. They found their sense of independence. Another example would be a young female camper who was very shy and quiet as a mouse at the beginning but really connected with the music. At the end of the summer she sang the national anthem to the whole group. This camp helped her to find her voice. Thank you so much to Master Ko and to DSS.”