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MC outreach programs serve more than 1,500

Barry McNamara
07/26/2012
This year’s 8th annual Monmouth All-Sports Camp welcomed 300 boys and girls from nine states, from Florida to California and several Midwestern states in between. They were able to receive specialized instruction in three sports or activities during the week from a list of 18 possible choices including fishing, horseback riding, archery and rollerblading.
 the past few months, Monmouth College has provided meaningful opportunities and services to so many individuals, that the figure exceeds the college’s current enrollment.

In July, more than 300 youth from around the U.S. attended one of the two weeks of the Monmouth All-Sports Camp, and another 175 youth were part of this summer’s Fighting Scots camps for girls basketball, boys basketball and track. During June, Monmouth’s 32nd annual College For Kids drew 440 youth from western Illinois. CFK attendees could choose from a list of 58 courses in such areas as fine arts, science, foreign language, mathematics, logic and social studies.

“Experiencing Monmouth College in the summer is a great opportunity for young people to get interactive with our campus, professors and our great facilities,” said Kathy Mainz, MC’s coordinator of camps and conferences. “Everything from College for Kids to athletic camps helps us offer an exciting glimpse of what college can be for our young guests. I’m thrilled to be able to help coordinate these programs for our area young people.”

In March, more than 180 Boys Scouts, ages 12-18, attended MC’s first Merit Badge University, during which they had the opportunity to earn a broad variety of merit badges. They represented 12 counties in Illinois and Iowa.

Not only young people benefit from Monmouth College programs. While the total of youth that have been served in the past few months is around 1,100, the figure exceeds 1,500 when those helped by MC’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program are added in. This year, VITA prepared 449 state returns and 443 federal returns.

“We did quite well this year considering we closed the Galesburg site and had less students than last year to work with,” said accounting professor Judy Peterson, who coordinates the program. “Many times we felt overwhelmed, but our students really stepped up to the plate.”

The numbers back up Peterson’s claim. During VITA’s record year of 510 federal returns in 2011, 39 students participated. This year, her team did nearly the same amount of work, even though there were just 25 students available.