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Rolling Hearts Summer 2013

Hi everyone!
This is Emma and Anna with a Rolling Hearts update. In August, we held our book drive for the Children's Hospital and the clinic. We received over 115 books and over $400 dollars! We will be taking the books to the hospital where they will divide them up between their library and the clinic. John will be going to the clinic in October so he will definitely be reading the books that we donated. We have t-shirts and hats available if you would like one, just email us and we can get it to you. Our printers also donated 100 drawstring bags, and we want to thank them so much for everything they have done for us. Those bags are also available to buy. We are excited to say that we are having a contest very soon, and the winners can win a bag. More information on the contest will be coming up soon! The Walk-n-Roll is coming up the first weekend in October and we are excited about that. Lately, Anna and I have been making goodie bags for spina bifida children at the clinic. The goodie bags are full of fun activities and toys. We have had a great summer and are looking forward to hearing from you!

Here is John in his new chair!

Summer  2012

Hi! It is Emma and Anna with a big Rolling Hearts update.  Last summer we visited Camp Krazy Legs and donated half of the money that we have raised so far. We took a tour through camp with the camp director, Ms. Claire and a staff member, Ms. Christina. It was an amazing tour, and we want to share the camp’s amazing gifts.

We started off the day by meeting some of the campers in the cafeteria. They were all very sweet. Their ages ranged from 8-18. Then we headed out and saw their wheel chair-accessible playground and gym. Next we got on a golf cart and continued our tour. We rode past one of the lakes where campers can canoe, paddle boat, ride on a pontoon boat, and fish. All of these things are wheelchair accessible. They have a few ziplines and one goes a
ross the lake which begins at the climbing tower. The climbing tower has three walls, one that is easy, medium, and hard. Campers often set goals to climb the hard wall of the tower.

Campers set goals across camp to try and achieve them. Goals can be anything from making great pottery to the difficult ropes course.  When they meet their goals, the kids are given colored beads that they continue to gather through the week.  Every night at their Chapter meeting, they receive new colors.  At the end of the week, they have a bracelet that shows their accomplishments.  They love these bracelets.

The next part of our tour took us to the tree house. This tree house was designed by the campers two years ago and is amazing.  In the tree house the campers can hold drum sessions.  They use big African drums.  They can also swing and slide and can sometimes look through the telescope on the top level. Next to the tree house, there is a swing being built where campers sit in a racecar-like seat and are pulled back like a sling shot and swing across the lake. After that, we headed to the nature trail where campers can hike through the trail to collect craft supplies or just enjoy the scenery. All of the trails have a special kind of gravel that is tightly compacted so wheelchairs can easily move through it.

Also near the trail is the ropes course high up in the trees. The ropes course is not easy; it would be tough for an able-bodied person to do so you can imagine what an accomplishment it is for the campers.  The next thing we saw was the horses.  ALL the campers, even those whose legs don’t work, get to ride the horses.  They have special seats that help them stay on. The camp has a great new pool with a zero entry and a slide in the shallow end so everyone can do it, whether they can move their legs or not. The pool has water chairs so that the campers can ride them into the water and when they are floating, someone can take the chair back out. The air-conditioned cabins are great. They can sleep twelve people and have two showers and two toilets. Some more activities campers can do include tennis, learning how to milk a goat and turn that milk into cheese or ice cream, archery, and putt-putt. There is also a big field for lots of fun sports like soccer, baseball, and softball.  Again, can you imagine ALL the kids in the camp can do anything they want. Bike riding is another activity. They can ride regular bikes or bikes where you pedal with your arms for people who can’t move their legs.

They have a farm at the camp where they grow and harvest food to eat at meals. We also saw chickens on the farm that campers like to let loose and try to catch them!

Next we went back to the main part of the camp and saw the library and the arts and crafts building.  We found out that they have their very own radio staton that campers can use to broadcast over a Rutledge AM radio station.

We had to leave but later that night the campers were having a street parade with carnival games. On the forth of July they are having a float parade where the cabins make a float. It is a Lula theme. And at the end of the week all 40 campers from around the country have a big dance. Campers get to take home albums they made. The theme of the camp is “Facebook,” without computers of course. They made “friends” and had a profile page. Throughout the week they change their “status” (which is like a diary).

One of the many fun things the campers do is that they have fraternities and sororities. They also have chapter meetings where they get to talk about their day and get to relax with their friends.  They are able to open up about their feelings and feel very accepted.

So at the end of our tour, Anna and I gave Ms. Claire a check to help next years camp. With the amount of money that we gave them, they will be able to send six kids to camp next year.  We both wish we could go and are already looking forward to sending John.

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