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GECAC keeps kids busy with summer day camps
Showing off their Lego creation at the Give Every Child a Chance summer day camp at Sequoia School are, from left, Kemi Flores, Elvis Chiquito, and Francisco Pineda. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Brandi Miller enjoys coloring.

The Lincoln School second-grade student has been able to do just that and more during the break thanks to Give Every Child A Chance’s Summer Day Camp.

The inaugural program at Sequoia School was made possible by a supplemental grant, according to Mario Mello.
“We’ve received some positive feedback (on the program),” he said on Thursday.

Mello, who is the GECAC site manager at Sequoia for the past three years, added that the Summer Day Camp has been entertaining and keeping busy the incoming first- through sixth- grade students.

The program was divided into two sessions, with the first of the two kicking off on June 7 and consisting of about 115 students.

They took part in activities such as dodge ball, foosball, Lego Block-building, and arts and crafts, to name a few.

Students also had a chance to get involved in GECAC’s Technology Outreach Program under the direction of Kristina VanDepol.

She’s been educating youngsters on Internet safety, starting a website, and taking photographs, Mello said.

Students involved in the summer program come from Shasta, Golden West, Lincoln and Sequoia. They were made aware of the day camp at their respective school site or online via the GECAC website.

The Summer Day Camp operates from 8 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays, in the designated portable units at Sequoia.

“Many of the kids here were also in the first session,” Mello said. “We’ll be doing many of the same things (in the second session).”

After a two-week break, GECAC started the second session of the Summer Day Camp on Monday. But the numbers were down from that of the previous one.

Thus far, Mello reported an estimated 50 students.

“I think our numbers are low right now because of vacations,” he said.

The Summer Day Camp has room to accommodate about 100 more youngsters, Mello added.

The second session runs through Aug. 11 and comes at no cost to interested families.

Campers have been taking it easy this week. But Mello noted that the best is still yet to come.

GECAC has arranged for a pair of Fire Trucks 4 Hire vehicles on display in the coming weeks along with a visit from the Manteca Police Department.

In addition, youngsters can enjoy the scrapbook program and the drama camp.

“It beats sitting at home for the summer,” Mello said.

For more information, contact GECAC at 209-825-7003 or log on to