Published DateLACONIA — Representatives from the Copper Cannon Camp and the Laconia Lodge of Elks told the School Board last night that their goal for the upcoming summer is to send 50 area students to camp.
Executive Director Peter Christnacht told the board that Copper Cannon is used exclusively for needy students who otherwise wouldn't have an opportunity to go to summer camp.
He all all students need to do to qualify is to be eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch at school.
"In Laconia that's more than 600 kids who are eligible," Christnacht said.
He said Copper Cannon Camp, which is just outside Franconia Notch and is celebrating its 50th year, gets about 20 percent of its funds from the Elks and "begs, borrows or steals" the balance of its operating costs. They get money primarily through grants, donations, fundraisers and any other thing they can think of.
Christnacht said Copper Cannon allows children from ages 9 through their teens to forge lasting relationships and gives a different opportunity for many needy children.
He also said it supports the N.H. 5, 2, 1, 0 program that means five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, no more than two hours of screen (television or computer) time, one hour of vigorous exercise and zero sweetened sports or fruit drinks.
He said it was about eight hours of exercise a day and no screen time however campers get one-half hour daily of reading time and counselors read to campers each night.
He said campers get three meals a day, friendship, outdoor experiences, and a "chance to be a kid."
Those interested in Copper Cannon Camp should contact the Elks at 603-823-8107 or go online to www.coppercannon.org.
In other School Board news, Malcolm Murray said the first open house for the Huot Regional Technical Education Center was better attended than the Joint Building Committee expected. He said five local businesses came to the open house, including delegations from Eptam Plastics and N.H. Ball Bearing.
Murray said the automotive center, the building and construction trades and the engineering department are all now operating in new and approved facilities.
The building and construction trades have finished building a house boat and a bob house for the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby and are starting work on the football concession stand.
Superintendent Bob Champlin said Health Services and the Multi-Media Facilities will be relocated in April and then work begins on the science labs that should be open for the next school year.
The next open houses are planned for sometime in May, after the addition is finished, and in early August when Bank of New Hampshire Stadium will be finished.
All of these facilities are on the LHS campus.