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Page 6C Reporter August Z 2019 ul By Bailey Storey batley.allysa.storey@gmail.corn For four years, Cam- pABLE has been a shining light for Monroe County's disabled community. CampABLE is a week- long day camp that was held July 8 - 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Each year, the camp provides people between the ages of five and 21 that all have some form of physical or intel- lectual disabilities with a common summer camp experience. All the work- ers there are volunteers who are either educators in the Monroe County school system, or students that are part of the Mary Persons Best Buddies program. Every year, the camp has a theme that runs through the week. This year's theme was called "World Tour". Each day, the campers were able to experience different 10ca- tions and cultures from the course of the week, they "visited" Mexico, Ireland, France, China, and the United States. The campers were able to learn about different cultures each day by using arts and crafts, recreation, science, and snacks that came from the country they were experiencing. Last Wednesday when they were "in" France, the campers were able to color French flags, build the Eiffel Tower out of marsh- mallows and toothpicks, and try macaroons for their daily snack. Elizabeth Holloway is the instructor of the camp. She teaches the special education program at Mary Persons and also helps with the Best Bud- dies club. She stated that all the activities the camp- ers do are hands on, which helps them become more engaged in the learning experience. When asked how this year's theme was chosen, Holloway said it was a tough decision. "We ended up choosing 'World Tour' because it would give them [the campers] a chance to experience different countries and cultures in a fun, creative way," she said about the theme. She also men- tioned the county pro-' vides the Monroe County the camp, andthat she is grateful to live in a com- munity that cares about the health and well-being of its students during the summer. "They've been watching their siblings go to camp all year, and when this week finally starts, the campers always get so excited because it is finally It's hard to decide whether campers or volunteers have more fun at CampABLE. their turn ' DeVera Moore and Grace Stoerkel are both 2019 graduates from MP. They were both in Best Buddies and have been working with the camp for about three years each. Moore said being able to work with the camp is interact with the camp- ers and seeing them be able to have fun and be themselves has had a huge impact on her. 'At school, the main focus is work," Moore said. "When they're here, they can have fun and be themselves ' Moore said she sees CampABLE as an escape for the.boys and girls attending, as can ever meet, and they been attending the camp well as for herself. It gets brighten your day like no for two or three years. Her them out of the house and one else,' She joined the favorite things to do there allows them to be able to Best Buddies program were playing basketball interact and have fun, and during her Freshman year and eating popsicles. she enjoys being able to be at Mary Persons, and im- CampABLE is a great a part of it because it gives mediately found a passion opportunity for children her a chance to see the for helping people with with disabilities. Many world through their eyes. disabilities. She plans to summer camps are not "I do it every year," she become a Pediatric Oc- accessible for people who intellectual or physi- camp. "I love them and I{'s not only thev0i-cal needs, which causes a Mrs. Holloway ' unteers that have fun at problem when it comes to Stoerkel's experience CampABLE. The camperscommunity wide inclu- with the camp is practi- were having a blast play- sion. By having this camp, cally the same. When ing on the playground and people with disabilities asked what her favorite in the gym, and some of canbe surrounded by lov- thing about helping with them thought it was fun ing and caring people who the camp was, she said the to eat the marshmallows not only have the capabil- campers. "I love to be with they were using to build ity to care for them, but them ' "They are some of their Eiffel Tower mod- also want them to thrive the sweetest people you els. Miayana Johnson has and be themselves. Pictured are Magnolia Medical Spa manager Shana Walden, left, and Rotarian Mike Howard. Shana Walden of Forsyth's Magnolia Medical Spa shared a few tips with local Rotarians on looking younger. The Spa manager detailed all the Spa services available. Of- fered are numerous programs for weight loss and personal health improvement. Some of the weight loss programs include diets under a doctor's supervision and more intensive protocols that include medications, injections on a regular basis, and other forms of controlled weight loss. Another service Magnolia Med Spa offers is laser treatment for tattoo and hair removal. Walden cautioned that the tattoo and hair treatments work but are some- what painful. Other treatment services offered by the spa include laser hair removal to foot detox. Bottom line Magnolia Medical Spa has you covered from head to toe. PUBUC NOTICE CiTY OF FORSYTH ELECTION TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 5, 2019 The qualifying fees approved at the City's 1st meeting in January 2019 are as follows: Mayor fee: $375.00 Council fee: $301.35 The positions up for re-election this year are: Mayor held by Eric Wilson Council Post # 1 held by John Howard Council Post # 3 held by Melvin Lawrence Council Post # 4 held by Greg Goolsby Qualifying dates will be August 19-23, 2019. October 7, 2019 is the last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff. In recognition of its unwavering dedication to quality martial arts instruction and community involve- ment, OKS Martial Arts and Fitness of Forsyth and Macon was recog- nized with the Mark of Excellence Award from Century Martial Arts, a highly regarded industry organiza- tion. OKS Martial Arts and Fitness was among a select few schools in the entire country to receive the distin- guished Mark of Excellence Award in 2019. This award is one of the highest honors bestowed by Century Martial Arts. It attests to OKS Martial Arts and Fitness' outstanding service to the community as a whole and the positive impact it has had on indi- vidual students, in both their martial arts development and their everyday lives. 'At Centur our core belief is that the martial arts have the ability to profoundly change lives:' said Cen- tury founder and CEO Michael Dil- lard. "That is exactly what our Mark of Excellence winners are doing -- changing lives for the better in their communities." Michael Brewster and Jahtrell Fields accepted the Mark of Excellence Award on behalf of OKS Martial Arts and Fitness on Tuesday, July 2, at the Gold Event, part of the Pictured, left to right, are Paul Webb (President of Century), Jahtrell Fields (Head Instructor at OKS Forsyth), Michael Brewster (Owner of OKS Martial Arts and Fitness), Mike Dillard (Founder of Century). 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow. The event was held at the Hyde Club in the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Martial Arts SuperShow is the world's largest martial arts industry tradeshow and educational event, hosted annually by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). As a leader in the community and a school on the forefront of martial arts teach- ing and development trends, OKS Martial Arts and Fitness has been a regular presence at the SuperShow for over 12 years and has received the award every year since its inception. OKS Martial Arts and Fitness is located in Forsyth at 20 East Johnston St. since 1987 and in Macon at 6255 Zebulon Rd. Suite 196 since 2009. To learn more about OKS Martial Arts and Fitness visit http://www.oksfor- or http://www.oksmacon. corn The Lt. James Monroe Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter met at the Monroe County Library on Wednes- day, July 17 to present two patriotic children's books, "The Star Spangled Banner" and "We The People", to the local library. Pictured, from left to right, are DAR members Amanda Garnett, Myrna Findlay, Monroe County Library Branch Manager Kimberly Clayton, DAR members Barbara Howell, Echo Burrell and Grace Daniel. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Garnett) 4