CREDIT: Times Union Article, David Slone, Staff Writer Monday, June 27, 2022 Ryan’s Place is bringing Camp Hope back to Warsaw to help children deal with their grief over the deaths of loved ones. Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, will be the location for Camp Hope Warsaw from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 to 14. To register, call Ryan’s Place at 574-535-1000 or email callebach@ryansplace.org for a link to the registration. Registration deadline is tentatively set for Friday, July 1, and the camp is free. Any child in grades first through seventh grades is welcome to attend, said Cara Allebach, camp coordinator for Camp Hope Warsaw. Warsaw Community Schools is providing free transportation to and from the camp for any WCS student participating. Parents or guardians will have to provide their own transportation for a child who is not a WCS student. The WCS Food Service Department is providing all participants with free lunches. Allebach said this will be the second year for the camp. They had 45 campers in 2021. As of Monday, there are 25 children signed up for this year’s camp. Activities will be inside and outside. All participants will receive free T-shirts and backpacks. Planning for all of the activities the kids will participate recently was completed, she said. “Basically, they’re just activities to get the kids discussing their loved one that has died. Talking together about the losses that they’ve had. So we’re doing that in different sorts of ways. We have certain art projects and crafts that they’re going to make to honor the loved one that’s gone,” she said. “We have Spoonful of Imagination coming in to do an art therapy activity one day with the kids. We have some music therapists that are coming one day to do some therapy through music with the kids.” She said they will do a camp theme song and the children will get to name their loved ones. “So we’re going to create a little song together so that will be cool,” she said. The idea is to try to find different ways to get the kids to process and deal with the death and their loss and all of the feelings that they have. “I think one of the important things about having this opportunity is that kids can see that they’re not alone. There’s other kids their age that have had a mom or dad who has died. Or a grandparent. Or a friend or a sibling. They’re not the only one. I think that really makes an impact on them. That’s one of the main things that they need to experience,” Allebach said. There’s no timeframe as to when the loss had to have happened. She said if a child had someone close to them die three or four years ago, it may take a while for that death to really hit them. “We actually have some kids coming back, too. Some kids that came last summer are returning and are really excited about it,” she said. For the most part, the people facilitating the groups at Camp Hope Warsaw work for the Warsaw School System. “So a lot of them are social workers or retired teachers. Some of them work in hospice care. Some are high school graduates who want to get into the counseling field. So everybody’s got a good groundwork of experience of how to work with kids in a group and how to get those discussions going,” she said. Background checks are conducted on everyone helping out. Ryan’s Place, which has been around for over 20 years, is named after Ryan Gleim, who was a student at Manchester College (now University). He died in 1992. His parents, Rex and Nancy, were educators and decided they needed something for their other son to process his grief as there was nothing for him at that time. Ryan’s Place was started as a grassroots organization in Elkhart County and has grown from there. It is all volunteer-led. In the last 10 years, Allebach said Ryan’s Place has been easing down into Kosciusko County. For more information on Ryan’s Place, visit the website at ryansplace.org. There’s already a plan to bring the camp back to Warsaw in summer 2023. “So, we already have the funding for next summer available to us so it’s exciting to know that we’ll be doing it in 2023,” she said. United Way of Kosciusko and Whitley Counties fully funded Camp Hope Warsaw in 2021 and is supporting the camp this year and next. “Since last year, we’ve really noticed how when we did the camp in Warsaw, it was really good but we had a lot of people from outside of this area that had an interest. So, people from (North) Webster and Syracuse and North Manchester and even the Pierceton area, so they’re actually going to be hosting two Saturday camps in the fall - one in Columbia City and one up in Syracuse,” Allebach said, adding those two Saturday camps are still in the early planning stages. “But, (we’re) just noticing that need all throughout the county and then even the other counties surrounding us, and they’re really trying to figure out (how we) can we meet the need for all of these kids and families that are really, really struggling after loved ones have died.” #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw https://timesuniononline.com/Content/Top-Stories-Click-for-more-top-stories/Top-Stories/Article/Camp-Hope-Returns-To-Warsaw-July-12-14/82/353/141751?fbclid=IwAR129oZ4XZKFxQzSLGYVrzmhwgvrcE79zEsjWEdzYJwTogVqlJhS9MufKGk
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Upcoming important dates to remember... Sports Awards, May 25 at 2:15 for our athletes and their parent(s). Awards Program for grades 3-6, May 26 at 9:45 in the gym. Please come help us honor our Knights and their hard work!
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Monday, May 9: Last Scheduled eLearning Day Friday, May 27: Last Student Day Tuesday, May 31: Last Teacher (Staff Records) Day Friday, June 3: WCHS Graduation ~ Congratulations Class of 2022! #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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Parents of students in grades 3-6: ILEARN testing begins tomorrow, April 19. Tests will be taken over the course of the next few weeks. Please make certain your student is rested, eats a good breakfast, and arrives to school on time. Thanks for supporting our Knights!
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Pre-Register for Kindergarten: https://warsawschools.powerschool.com/public/formbuilder/form.html?formid=1098683 Once the Pre-Registration form is complete and approved, parents will receive an email from PowerSchool to create a Parent Portal account to complete registration for their new incoming student. Incoming kindergarten students should be age five (5) on or before August 1, 2022, according to school board policy. All kindergarten students should register as a new student. If a parent needs Internet access or assistance with technology to complete the online registration, please contact your local elementary school. Pre-Screening appointments will be scheduled by email or phone call once WCS receives contact information. The first day of school is Monday, August 15, 2022. Warsaw Community Schools looks forward to meeting the Class of 2035! #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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Thank you to all who came to the Hoopsters game last night and showed their support for our Claypool Knights! It was an evening full of fun for everyone!
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REMINDER: Kindergarten Round-Up will launch on Monday, March 28th, 2022. Incoming kindergarteners must be age 5 by August 1st, 2022. No exceptions. On March 28th, information will be released during a presentation at the Performing Arts Center (PAC), 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw, IN 46580 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 5:30 PM) This presentation will also be offered in Spanish. This is a parent-only opportunity. No documents required. This is an informational presentation only. At this time, registration for 2022-2023 is not open. #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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Honor an Educator is a great way for parents & community members to honor an educator in WCS and support the WEF's mission of supporting teachers & students. Complete the form & payment online by 4/29/22 https://forms.gle/zkr9q3BkWvPvtgqE8 PayPal: paypal.me/warsawedfoundation
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Honor an Educator
PSA: READ UNITED needs you! Sign Up Today: https://uwwk.volunteerhub.com/?format=0&filter={} Read United is back in person this spring. United Way needs volunteers to join us in filling more than 75 classrooms with a caring adult. Volunteers commit to reading to a classroom of children, grades K-2, for four weeks beginning the week of April 11th. United Way provides the books and prompt cards. Join us as we reconnect with children, letting them know that their community believes in them. #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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Reminder that our Spring picture day is Wednesday, March 16. Don't forget your best smile!!!
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WCHS Student Council Fundraiser for Riley Children's Hospital March 22, 2022 Dine-In Orders Only: 15% of Bill Donated Mad Anthony's (113 E. Center St., Warsaw IN 46580) #dine2donate #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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Monday, March 7, 2022: There will be no open swim tonight due to some maintenance work. #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw
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PICTURE DAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!!! Our new picture date is March 16. Information on ordering pictures will be coming after the picture date, so be watching in backpacks for that information.
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WCS is excited to announce a grant from the Warsaw Walmart through Walmart Giving! Funds will enable the purchase of guided reading books for 4th-6th grade students. Thank you Walmart for your support! #wcsmission #togetherwearewarsaw #BetterTogether #WalmartGiving #Walmart
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Attention ALL Claypool parents... Picture Day has been postponed. The photography company was unable to come today. We will let you know the rescheduled date soon. Sorry about the inconvenience.
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