August 13, 2013

Rotarians Jim O'Neil and Tonya Albee traveled from their Rotary Club in Jaffey and Ringe, NH to share insight on the free summer camp they sponsor for middle school kids.


Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, the Jaffrey-Rindge public school system and Franklin Pierce College work together to create Camp Quest for local middle school students. Seventy-five 6th to 8th grade students from the Jaffrey-Rindge middle school benefit from academic instruction, activities and mentorship from volunteers over a month on Franklin Pierce University’s campus. The program, which is free of charge to campers is run by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Club, chaired by Rotarian Tonya Albee. The club won the Rotary International Award for Best Service Program in the District (out of 61 clubs) for Camp Quest, given at the annual meeting held in Portland, Maine, on June 2, 2012.

Rotarian Jim O’eill, who is also the local Superintendent of Schools explained ” The program Combats the academic “summer slump” that some students experience. But it also helps fill the gap left in families where there is one or more adsent adult. Rotarians serve an important role as mentors by volunteering to run activities ranging from kayaking to flying in a private airplane. "The Rotarians have as much fun as the kids", said Rotarian and Quest organizer Tonya Albee.

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