The Elyria school district`s three junior high schools have received a $21,270 grant from an Elyria nonprofit to help run a daylong camp aimed at strengthening relationships and interaction among the district`s junior high students.
Elyria Charities, started by Elyria High School graduates Bill and Rachel Speidel, donated the money this month after learning about the program from school board member Kathy Karpus.
"We thought it was a wonderful program," Rachel Speidel said.
The program is called the Unification and Bonding Camp, and it is held the first Saturday before school starts in summer of 2008. All the students in Elyria`s three junior high schools attend the camp as a way to encourage interaction and familiarity among the students, since they`ll all be attending Elyria High School together at some point.
Elyria Charities hosts a bingo fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday night at Roll Arena on Cleveland Street.