Adoption Option receives grant from foundation

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By the Midland Daily News

The Midland Area Community Foundation is collaborating with a local adoption agency to help children take a leap toward a successful academic future.

The MACF awarded Adoption Option Inc. a $30,000 grant that is to be spread over a three-year period to provide a summertime academic enrichment program for children who have lived in foster care or some other similar type of out-of-home placement. Middle school age adolescents who reside in Midland County and surrounding areas are the focus of the camp. The program's goal is to introduce new skills and strengthen existing ones in the effort to prepare foster children for success in college and later life.

Participants will receive support designed to improve their reading comprehension using the Remarkable Readers Program. They also will have the chance to cultivate leadership skills, character development, and psychosocial growth. Additionally, students will experience a taste of college life through half-day visits to universities within the region.
College students that have demonstrated their ability to be academically successful will serve as camp mentors. In addition to all the learning and interactive activities, camp participants will have a little fun through the opportunity to attend a Great Lakes Loons baseball game. The camp takes place Aug. 8-11 on the campus of Northwood University.

For additional information about Adoption Option Inc. or this program, contact DeLois T. Leapheart or Bryce Rucker at (989) 839-0534.

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