HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. The Hastings Recreation Department recently created a scholarship program that will allow underprivileged residents to send their children to summer programs in the village at no cost.
We just want to make sure all residents in the village are able to attend summer camp since parents depend on being able to have their kids supervised during the summer so they can continue to work, said Hastings recreation assistant Bryan Healy.
Healy said the cost of a camp is roughly $500 and each one runs for six weeks and goes each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It mainly goes toward the summer camp because thats the most important thing so that the kids are able to be watched for those six weeks during the summer, he said. If we have money thats still available after the summer we would use it towards child care programs like the after school program.
The recreation department has been accepting donations from both local residents and businesses and so far the response has been very positive.
We actually did receive a lot of donations, people are very generous, said Hastings recreation assistant Lisa OReilly. Its such a great camp. Its a shame if the kids cant go.
Healy said the scholarship fund has already received about two dozen donations and some sizeable ones from residents who wish to remain anonymous. Anyone interested in donating or applying for the scholarship can visit the recreation department at 44 Main St.
Theres a committee that looks at them, they have a set of guidelines, similar guidelines to the free lunch program so thats based on income and that sort of thing, Healy said. Theyre welcome to come here, theres just an application that needs to be filled out.
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