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INTRODUCTION This proposal presents my reqest to obtain funding from the Lexington Recreation Commission to operate a summer day camp for school children. I will discuss the project in terms of four factors: Scope of the Project, Day Camp Activities, Estimated Costs, and Estimated Revenues. If approved, the student workers involved in the project will complete preperations for the day camp by June 30 and run the day camp on weekdays from July 1 to August 31. SCOPE OF THE PROJECT The proposed day camp will asist parents in the Lexington area who need supervised care for their school-age children during the summer months. The goal of the project is to provide school children with safe, creative, and fun activities from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays throughout the summer months. In addition, the project will provide useful and challenging summer employment for five students from Lexington Community College. The summer day camp operated by the North Lexington Recreation Commission provides the model for the Lexington project. Students from East Kentucky State College organized and ran the day camp with the assistance of a government grant and the North Lexington Recreation Commission. This day camp has run for two years and has been so successful that enrollment for the summer of 1998 has tripled. Description of Need At present, no supervised summer day camp operates in the Lexington area to provide local parents with reasonably priced care for their school-aged children. Gladys Sperling, President of the Parents' Association for the Lexington Central Elementary School, summarizes the situation. “A drop-in day camp in our area would give our children a safe and healthy summer experience, while combatting the recruitment efforts of local youth gangs to involve young children in their activities.” Workers Involved Five students from Lexington Community College will work part-time from May 1 to June 30 to set up the day camp and enroll the children. From July 1 to August 31, the students will work full-time to organize and supervise the day camp activities. Student Name Phone Number [Your Name] [Your Phone Number] Jennie Gruber 987-8897 Tom Allenson 987-5543 Marla Weinstein 987-3341 Ricardo Sanchez 987-1189 DAY CAMP ACTIVITIES Tom Allenson and Marla Weinstein, two of the students involved in the project, have developed a schedule of activities in consultation with Dr. Maria Ferrars, a professor in the Department of Education at Lexington Community College. Daily Schedule Each morning, the children will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the games room at the Lexington Community Center. During the summer months, this room is vacant all morning until noon. The children will participate in organized games and craft activities, and then prepare for an outing. Outings will be conducted from aproximately 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The children will then return to the Lexington Community Center and either swim in the pool or participate in organized games. The pool is open for public swimming every weekday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sample Week The following schedule lists the outings and activities that will be conducted during a typical week at the Lexington Summer Day Camp. Day Activity Monday Miniature Golf at Heat Wave Fun Land Tuesday Kentucky Zoo Wednesday l0-pin Bowling at Bangorama Thursday Watersports at Lexington Lake Water Park Friday Laser Tag at Funderland Enrollment In March of this year, the students involved in the project surveyed children at five elementary schools in the Lexington area. Forty percent of the children surveyed were extremely interested in the day camp, while 20% were very interested. As of April 15, the parents of 30 of these children have already contacted project members with firm offers to enroll their children. ESTIMATED COSTS The total labor cost for the project will be $19,200 based on a 20-hour workweek in May and June and a 40-hour work week in July and August for the five students. Rental of the community center facilities for approximately three hours each day will amount to $800 and additional costs for activities, craft supplies, and entrance fees are estimated at $1,600. The total estimated cost for the project is $21,600. ESTIMATED REVENUE The pie chart below displays the breakdown of revenue by source, assuming that 40 children attend the day camp for five days each week at a cost of $50 per child. CONCLUSION The project members request a total grant of $6,000 from the Lexington Recreation Commission to help fund a summer day camp for children aged 8 to 12. If the revenue generated from the day camp is higher than current estimates, this amount would be repaid. Any additional revenue would be invested in a day camp program for the following summer. If the day camp project is approved, the students involved in the project will gain valuable work experience to assist them in their chosen careers in the field of education. More importantly, the parents who send their children to the day camp will enjoy a worry-free summer, while the children themselves will enjoy safe and healthy activities designed to promote social interaction and personal development.
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