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February 13, 2014

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A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Serving the Camp in question PTA seeks $6,000 to send students to camp By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com Going to camp can be an in- valuable and memorable expe- rience for fiRh-grade students, said Jackie Young, behavioral interventionist at Belfair El- ementary School. "They have fun and they don't realize they're learning," she said. Belfair Elementary PTA members raise about $12,000 each year to send fifth-graders to a three-day camp each year at Camp Seymour on Glen Cove in Jefferson County. This year, they're short $6,000. Volunteers have scheduled a fundraiser dinner, silent auc- tion and dessert auction for 6 p.m. March 22 at the Theler Community Center. The event costs $10 per person and $15 for a couple. For the past five years, Young, 37, and other parents and PTA members have worked to organize and raise money for the camp. This year, PTA mem- ber Stephanie Shumaker, 32, whose son, Mason, is in the fifth grade, has joined the effort. Shumaker attended the fifth- grade camp when she went to Belfair Elementary School. "I always looked forward to going and I look forward to my children going," she said. "It's a 33-yar tradition. Our com- munity doesn't have many tra- ditions and this is one we want to keep going. I want my 1-year- old to go to camp." Each year, the fifth-grade class, and teachers, parents and North Mason High School student counselors, head to Camp Seymour, which is owned by YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties. While at camp, students take classes on topics that include sea life, birds, plants, animals and agriculture. They also do teambuilding exercises, skits, and, in past years, have learned about Sasquatch, Young said. "It's a great experience, it's a great memory, to be away from your family and get to know other kids," Young said. "You make friendships that last." Young said the North Mason School District stopped paying for the camp five years ago for Sand Hill and Belfair elementa- ries. Young stepped up to help preserve the camp for Belfair Elementary students. See CAMP on page A-22 Freezing waterwheel Herald photo by Gordon Weeks The continuing flow of Dalby Creek keeps the historic galby waterwheel in Union from completely freezing up during several days of deep freeze last week in Western Washington The waterwheel, near Alderbrook Resort & Spa, was built in 1922. Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page A-21