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Spreading ‘Sunshine’

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October 1, 2013

Once again this fall, students and two staff members volunteered for a weekend at Camp Sunshine, which is an organization in Casco, Maine, dedicated to working with children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The students served as counselors throughout the weekend and were divided into different age groups. They played games and engaged in different activities with the children.  In addition, some served in the kitchen preparing meals and getting to know the campers.  

"Overall, it was a wonderful weekend of connecting with families, laughing with the children and being impacted by the strength of the children and their family members," said Rose Gage, assistant director of the Community Service Center.

This year’s participants were Kaitlyn Heayden, Nicolette McMaster, Jessica Rivas, Jasmine Rookard, Heather Rosato, Victoria Rusek and Angelique Samuel-Marshall.

According to its website, Camp Sunshine has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate  family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 40,500 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Learn more about the camp at

Students with campers
A camp dance