This summer, ten individuals with disabilities received a free week at Camp Easter Seals UCP thanks to the Avril Lavigne Foundation. Her support for Camp Easter Seals UCP and several others in the U.S. and Canada helped a total of 50 children with disabilities experience camp. In 2012, Avril launched a scholarship program called CAMP S.T.A.R.S - Summer Time Avril Rock Stars. We are grateful for her committment.
We'd like to share the stories, smiles and experienced from our campers who attended the Performing Arts Camp the week of August 3rd on the Avril Lavigne Foundation Scholarship program:
BEN: age 15, of Roanoke, VA has been attending Camp Easter Seals UCP for five years now.
He enjoys singing songs and climbing the rock wall. He said, "Cool clothes, sunglasses and rap music me feel like a rock star!"
DANNY: age 52, of Harford, NC, was a newcomer to Camp Easter Seals UCP. He enjoyed daily activities including swimming. Expressing himself and singing made him feel like a rockstar at camp.
"Receiving this scholarship was one of the happiest moments I have had in a long time!" said Danny.
LIZ: age 34, of Bedford, VA, is a huge fan of Camp Easter Seals UCP. She's been attending camp here for more than 20 years! She enjoys horseback riding and talent shows.
Liz said, "Getting this scholarship gives me a chance to experience life as a non-disabled person might because camp has enough people to help me do whatever I want."
MATTHEW: age 15, of Virginia Beach, VA enjoys arts and crafts, and swimming at Camp Easter Seals UCP. For three years, he has been attending camp which makes him happy.
Matthew said, "I feel like a rock star when I wear sunglasses!"
NOAH: age 11, of Suffolk, VA loves coming to Camp Easter Seals UCP. For four years, he's been part of summer camp.
"Playing the keyboard, laughing and being Simba in the show makes me feel like a rockstar," said Noah.
PEARLINE: Age 45, of Lynchburg, VA has been enjoying arts and crafts, time with counselors and her camp buddy, Stuart for seven years now.
Pearline said, "The scholarship gives me a chance to have a break from home-life."
SCOTTY: age 33, of Richmond, VA experienced Camp Easter Seals UCP for the first time this summer!
Thanks to the Avril Lavigne Foundation Scholarship, Scotty said, "It means that I am able to come to camp!" He had a fabulous time singing and dancing with new friends at camp.
STUART: age 56, of Lynchburg, VA loves everything about Camp Easter Seals UCP. He's been attending for seven years.
Stuart said, "I feel like a rock star when I'm around my wife while at camp making more memorable moments with all of our friends."
WILL: age 34, of Richmond, VA is happy to build positive relationship with counslors and campers.
"Receiving this scholarship means alot to me. It gives me the opportunity to continue my success stories at at camp," said Will. Plus, he loves jamming to music with the counselors during the Performing Arts Week!
UMARU: age 8, of Purcellville, VA was another newcomer at Camp Easter Seals UCP. He enjoyed exploring his new camp, swimming and making friends.
Umaru was thilled to receive the Avril Lavigne Foundation Scholarship because he said, "I can express and be who I am while I'm here."
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