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BASCOL receives grant for inclusive summer program

— This summer, kids who participate in Before and After School Child Care On Location (BASCOL) in Liverpool will have the opportunity to take part in the ultimate summer experience, regardless of their needs or ability.

Thanks to the National Inclusion Project, which awarded BASCOL a $10,000 grant, the child care program will present “Let’s All Play: Inclusion in Recreational Programs” at Long Branch Elementary as well as St. Ann’s School in Syracuse.

“BASCOL is very excited for our students and staff to be the recipient of this grant,” said Candace B. Edwards BASCOL’s executive director. “This will allow children of all abilities in grades K-6 to attend the BASCOL program this summer for a fun and enriching experience.”

BASCOL serves the Central Square, Liverpool, Onondaga, Solvay, West Genesee and Westhill school districts. Kids are bused in by their districts.

Each of the 10 weeks has a theme. Kids will go on a “Reading Adventure” and “camp” with their favorite books. “Animal Safari and Survivor” weeks feature a polar plunge, deep sea adventures, rainforest romp and eat-your-own creepy crawlies as kids search for buried treasure. They’ll also attend field trips to Beaver Lake, the MOST, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Green Lakes State Park and more.

But Edwards expects the biggest draw to be “Lego Mania” week.

“‘All About Learning’ staff trained in ‘Lego Mania’ are flying in to instruct BASCOL kids how to make actual working structures with Legos,” she said. “They can come have fun building and modifying machines as they race their collision car down the track or lift debris with a working crane. Elementary and junior engineering concepts will be explored for fun.”

The best part is that the grant will allow BASCOL to ensure that kids of all abilities can participate in the activities.

“As part of this initiative, the National Inclusion Project provides a program model, training, expertise, and an award of $10,000,” Edwards said.

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