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The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley moving summer program online

The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley Inclusive Summer Day Program will be held virtually this year from June 15 to July 10. Here a participant uses a computer. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley Inclusive Summer Day Program is going virtual.

The camp, sponsored and organized by The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held June 15-July 10 utilizing the Zoom platform.

“We are excited to bring summer activities to youth in our community,” Executive Director Liz Ford said. “Out of an abundance of caution we decided to cancel in person activities due to COVID-19. We hope that many students utilizing the special education program will be able to participate.”

This year’s theme is One Key to the Community is Technology and will focus on using technology to access the community and the world.

The four-week program provides social and recreation activities for youth through grade 12 who utilize the special education system and will be provided at no charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

“We will provide participants with the key to their community using technology,” Ford said. “People with disabilities often face barriers to full immersion in their community and we want to utilize all the tools in our tool belt to overcome any barriers and encourage full community participation.”

Among activities are interactive games such as online “Jeopardy,” tie dye T-shirt demonstrations, yoga, mindfulness and chalk demonstrations. The virtual summer day program will be high energy and youth focused.

Program Coordinators Doug Hess and Marsha Davis will travel to interesting landmarks in the Parkersburg area in a segment called “Doug’s Discoveries.” The Oil and Gas Museum, McDonough Wildlife Refuge and the Williamstown Interactive Bank are just a few sites that will be featured.

A celebration of The Arc’s 65th Anniversary, jewelry making, a planting demonstration by the Master Gardeners, line dancing and craft making are part of the program.

Wood County Society is providing an online Temple Challenge segment. Mike Penn from Artsbridge will provide instruction in drawing and Kevin Oliphant will share “Cartoons by Kevin.”

A youth advocacy day will be held with featured segments from local, state and national legislators. Employment and career exploration will be undertaken with guests from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, Workplace West Virginia and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Supplies will be delivered to students and participants. The program will be free and online to anyone who would like to join, but supplies will only be provided to those who meet the criteria for the program.

Additional information is available by calling The Arc at 304-422-3151. Parents and care givers who have specific technology support needs are encouraged to call for assistance.

Program staff include special education teachers and assistants. Some individuals will have direct support staff as needed and volunteers will assist with special presentations and community integration.

Donations from Peoples Bank, Vienna Baptist Church, Home Depot and community supporters make the camp possible.

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