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A Little Change Makes a Big Difference at Summer Camp

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Nassau County Summer Camp Fundraises Through Collection of Spare Change For American Camp Association's Making a Difference Week

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East Rockaway, NY July 26 2011- Campers and staff at Rolling River Day Camp in East Rockaway emptied their pockets last week to raise money for the camp's 2nd annual Coin Harvest Fundraiser. From July 19 - July 22, giant blue piggy banks were placed around the Rolling River campus and served as drop-off stations for campers to donate their spare change. The campers and staff raised hundreds of dollars which will be matched by Rolling River to support two charitable causes.

Funds raised through the Coin Harvest will be divided between The Campmates Program „¢, Rolling River's camp scholarship fund, and The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. "Both programs are meaningful to Rolling River families since they assist Long Island children," says Mark Goodman, Owner/Director of Rolling River Day Camp. "Teaching our campers how even a small gesture of kindness can help other kids is one of the best lessons they can learn at camp," Goodman added.

Launched in 2010, The Campmates Program „¢ awards tuition-free camp scholarships to children associated with Peninsula Counseling Center in Valley Stream. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI), located in New Hyde Park, serves as a "home-away-from-home" for the parents and siblings of sick children admitted to local hospitals. On August 15, Rolling River's 9th and 10th grade campers will personally deliver the funds to RMH-LI as well as volunteer their time to bake desserts for residents of the house. "Rolling River's gift will help to reduce one more burden for these overwhelmed families," says Matthew Campo, Executive Director of RMH-LI.

This year's Coin Harvest coincided with the American Camp Association's "Making a Difference" Week of community service. The week of service was initiated to honor 150 years of camp and its positive impacts on millions of children, youth and adults. Numerous summer camps across America participated in a variety of projects and fundraisers similar to Rolling River's Coin Harvest. A complete list of community service projects can be found at www.acacamps.org/making-a-difference/projects.

About Rolling River Day Camp
Since 1993, Rolling River Day Camp has provided children ages 3-15 with highly supervised camp experiences that result in the development of real life skills, real friendships, and real fun. Owned and operated by a local family, Rolling River offers all sports and multiple arts activities, including Red Cross swim instruction and riverside boating from their private marina. To learn more about Rolling River Day Camp, visit www.rollingriver.com, call Marissa at 516-593-CAMP(2267), or email marissa@rollingriver.com.