Camp Mays 2013

$6,360 of $7,000 goal

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Nicole McGaha Mays  LOGANVILLE, GA
I am raising money for Camp Mays. My name is Nicole Mays and I am a special education teacher at Kennedy Elementary School in Winder, GA. My students' parents face several challenges once school is out for the summer. While summer break is, for most kids and families, full of opportunities and fun, that's not the case a lot of the time with my students. It is often difficult if not impossible for parents to find a babysitter or child care provider who is qualified and willing to care for some of my students so their parents have almost two months with no break at all from caring for their child - a child who requires constant active supervision. Additionally, many of my students' parents spend so much time, money and energy just providing everyday care for their kids that they often have little time, money or energy left over to do "fun" things.
In an effort to provide some respite for my students' parents and provide some opportunities for "typical" summer fun experiences for my students over the summer months, a few years ago I began taking my students on day trips to places like White Water, Children's Museums, parks, etc. What has evolved has been dubbed "Camp Mays". I rent a van each week and take my students (along with several of my friends, family and coworkers who volunteer to help) to places like the movies, Jungle Jumpers, Stone Mountain, the Georgia Aquarium, and swimming. Some of my students' families may not have otherwise been able to provide these opportunities for their child. In the beginning I funded "Camp Mays" almost solely from my own pocket "“ purchasing the admission tickets, renting the van, buying the gas, and buying lunch for each child and volunteer. Families do not have to pay anything at all for their child to be able to participate in Camp Mays. In each of the first two years I spent over $3000 of my own money on Camp Mays. In 2011, I recieved over $1000 in generous donations and spent over $2000 on top of that. Last year I raised over $3000 in donations!! Because I get new students each year, and don't want to exclude former students who have moved on to middle school or moved to other schools in the county, Camp Mays grows each year. This year I am expecting to have 20 students with disabilities, which means I will need more volunteers. I will need a bus instead of a van!
I feel that these opportunities provide such a great service to my students and their families "“ mainly giving the parents a small break from the extreme demands that a child with a disability presents almost constantly and providing opportunities for my students to participate in fun activities just like other children.

Please visit www.campmays.com to learn more and see photos from previous adventures. 100% of all money collected will go directly towards... van rental, gas, admission tickets, lunch, and/or snacks.

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Update 8
Posted by Nicole Mays
44 months ago
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$830 from our goal! I am so humbled and honored and thrilled to have raised over $6,000 for my babies!! We have had so much fun on our trips so far, and the best two are coming up tomorrow and next week!
My sincere gratitude and love to all who have supported Camp Mays in any way - volunteering with us, praying for us, donating to us, or spreading the word!!! XOXOXO
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Update 7
Posted by Nicole Mays
45 months ago
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So we are almost $1000 under budget with the trips so far, which means that after the Zumba fundraiser we should be OK for the Aquarium next week!!!!!
Have I mentioned lately how awesome my friends/family/community is and how much I appreciate the fact that y'all have donated almost $6,000 to help some of my favorite kiddos have a great summer? I hope you're checking the Camp Mays facebook page to see the smiles you helped put on their faces!!!!
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Posted by Nicole Mays
45 months ago
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I have to say, again, I have the best friends & family in the universe. Love you ALL and thank you SO much for your support (monetary, bodily and morally!)
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Update 5
Posted by Nicole Mays
45 months ago
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Almost $4,600.00! I am certainly blessed with amazingly generous friends, family and an awesome supportive community!!!
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Maria Pittman
47 months ago

Thanks for what you do!

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$6,360 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 86 people in 48 months
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Created April 10, 2013
MW
$50
Meridith Wages
44 months ago(Offline Donation)
JB
$25
Jamie Beck
44 months ago
$50
Jennifer Houston
44 months ago

You are such a blessing to Sam and I.

AD
$25
Ashley Downs
44 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

PS
$20
Paul and Anya Sessions
44 months ago(Offline Donation)

on behalf of Malik Boyd

TH
$20
Tracey Hixson
44 months ago

This is my donation for Zumba...sorry I couldn't come.

TF
$40
Tupperware Fundraiser
44 months ago(Offline Donation)
ZF
$90
Zumba Fundraiser
44 months ago(Offline Donation)
MC
$100
Mike and Julianna Carnathan
44 months ago(Offline Donation)
KH
$50
Kelly Holliday
44 months ago(Offline Donation)
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Maria Pittman
47 months ago

Thanks for what you do!

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