Ohio County Schools employees volunteer to provide childcare for special needs students

The camp is run by volunteers from Ohio County Schools

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - If you are the parent of a special needs child and need some help with childcare arrangements, there is a free camp going on for four days this week.

The day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio County Public Library auditorium, and it is run by teachers and aids from Ohio County Schools who are volunteering their time. 

Pat Elliott is the mother of a special needs child who attends Ohio County Schools, and she put the idea out on Facebook and got a tremendous response from local personnel. 

Elliot said this is for students with special needs in Ohio County kids first, if there is space they will bring in kids from other counties.

There will be activities and one-on-one time for the kids to be able to interact with their peers and familiar faces. The camp offers a fun and safe place for the kids to get together instead of being in the house while the work stoppage continues. It also allows parents to get back to work during this time.

Deborah Black is one of the staff members volunteering this week. 

"There's been a tremendous response and we're all ready. We miss our kids, we're ready to work with them, we're ready to help in any way. And our parents and our community have been just so supportive, that we're going to support them, however we can," Black said. 

"And they miss it, the kids miss being together, they miss being in with people who know them, care about them, and love them," Elliott added.

The camp will be taking place Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as long as the teacher work stoppage is going on. It will continue additionally if the need is there. 

There have been donations to help with lunch for two days already, but they are still in need of lunch and snack donations to finish out the week. To help out with that, you can give Pat a call at 304-238-3985.

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