Southington teen raises money for YMCA Camp Sloper

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Several fortunate children will have the opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Sloper this summer thanks to a donation to the Sloper Scholarship Fund spearheaded by Holy Cross High School senior Leanne Raymond.

For the past several years, Raymond has asked her friends, families, and local businesses to make donations to the YMCA’s Sloper Scholarship Fund in honor of the young victims of Sandy Hook.

According to a press release, her hope in starting this campaign was to give a summer camp experience to those who can’t afford one. She did the project in memory of the children lost during the Sandy Hook tragedy.

YMCA board member and former educator Paula Knight commented on Raymond’s efforts in a YMCA press release.

“We all know how we felt after the tragedy of Sandy Hook, but to put it into action and do something about it, is very special,” Knight said in the release.

The Holy Cross student’s efforts have raised over $500 to send children with financial needs to YMCA Camp Sloper for the 2017 summer session.

The YMCA Camp Sloper day camp program serves over 2,500 campers each summer, roughly 600 campers per day.

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