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Camp for special needs kids continues to be a success

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -  After state budget cuts, staff from the ARC of Tri-Cities worried their Partners N Pal's summer camp would come to an end.

The camp has been around for over 40 years and continues to be successful each year.

"If the state cuts their budget, then all of the kids with DD funding would have no more hours to use toward camp," said Nichelle Wallskog, The ARC of Tri-Cities staff member.

Walscog says although the camp isn't funded through the state, the money parents do get can be used for camp.

"So if the parent's budgets get cut, if their funding gets cut from the state then they won't have any way to help out to pay for the program," said Wallskog.

As of now, over 25% of the kids receive scholarships to attend the camp. That money comes from the community and local businesses.

Wallskog says without that help it would be tough to continue the program.

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