My son, Austin, is 12 years old. Ever since I can remember he has loved science and nature. He is at the age now when he is finally able to do things without mom. He has always wanted to go to science camp, but never was able to because of his age. This year, he found the perfect camp; Camp Watonka in PA. They have several programs to choose from.
Let me give you a little back story on Austin.
When he was in second grade, he had to do a report and give a talk in class about his hero. He chose Steve Irwin. During his speech he got teary-eyed because it was right after Steve Irwin passed away. Unfortunately, that act caused the bullying he was already getting to get worse. At recess he chose to read books and the kids would come by and kick him or punch him and call him names. When he told the teachers, he was told not to tattle tell. He was punched on the bus so much in the groin it caused him to have urinary problems.
As a mom, I did what I could. I drove him to school, talked to teachers and the principal, and kept an eye on my son's behavior. During the summer between 2nd &3rd grade, he stayed inside. (The bullies lived in our neighborhood). He stayed busy learning so it wasn't a totally bad thing.
At the start if 3rd, we thought the kids would leave him alone, so he rode the bus again. No such luck. It got worse. Again I went to the principal, nothing changed. One day he came home in tears saying another little boy threatened to shoot him. I called the school immediately and spoke with the principal. What I was told floored me. The principal said, "oh, there's nothing to worry about. I don't even think the boy has access to a gun."
That was my son's last day of public school. He has been cyber schooled ever since. It has been wonderful because he has been able to concentrate on his academics (all As &Bs) but he misses out on the social aspects. I do the best I can, but as a single, working mother, it's hard.
I never ask for help, but I am desperate. I don't have the money for this science camp and I do not want his dreams or education to suffer because of finances. I do the best I can. I don't like asking for donations, but my son's education is more important to me than my pride.
All I am asking is for people to donate even $1 and share this with others.