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On behalf of the York County SPCA, I am honored to be a partner with the Byrnes Health Education Center.  Understanding the link between how we treat animals and how we treat one another is a very important tool in teaching compassion and empathy in our society.  I value the opportunity to reach our community through our relationship with the Byrnes Center and speak about the importance of treating all living things with dignity and kindness.

Melissa Smith

Executive Director

York County SPCA

Press Release: Byrnes Health Education Center and York County Libraries Join Forces for Summer Camp Partnership

Two York County nonprofits have joined together to create an innovate summer camp focused on providing campers a health education experience that combines the resources of the Byrnes Health Education Center and York County Libraries.

“When two York entities partner, it shows others what great things can come from working together,” said Byrnes President/CEO Anne Bahn.  “The collaboration and creativity between Byrnes and York County Libraries that resulted in the creation of a summer camp could not have been created by either side alone.”

The summer camp, entitled “everyBODY’s Story,” explores the “secrets of the body and the story it tells.”

“The goal was to create a fun and educational summer camp, unlike anything else in the area,” said Bahn.  “Both the Byrnes Health Education Center and the York County Libraries are known for providing fun and educational programming, so ‘everyBODY’s Story’ combines the best qualities from both organizations into a week of amazing experiences for the campers.”

So how does a health education center and a library system join together to create a summer camp?

Each day of camp concentrates on a particular body system or body systems.  Campers explore systems of the body through interactive activities, group demonstrations, writing, physical activity and hands-on projects focusing on that particular body system.

“When we talk about the muscular and skeletal system, campers will get to do an owl pellet dissection.  On Circulatory and Respiratory System Day, campers will get to write and illustrate their own story about how blood travels through the body. They will test their reflexes on Nervous System Day,” said York County Libraries Director of Youth Services, Paula Gilbert.  “Every day is truly jammed-packed with education and fun.”

Three weeks of camp are available: July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29.  Camp is for students going into 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade.  The cost is $175 per camper.  For additional information and to register, parents can visit www.yorklibraries.org/everybodysstory.

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The Byrnes Health Education Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices.  The Center provides multiple platforms to educate students and adults including interactive lessons in the Center’s five theatres, outreach programs, corporate wellness, webcasting and the eLearning resource LearntobeHealthy®.   All K-12 programs meet national and PA standards. www.byrneshec.org

York County Libraries (YCL) consists of 13 libraries spanning York County.  Collectively offering over 600,000 items for loan, the mission and vision of YCL is to strengthen the York County community and to enrich individual lives by supplying information, providing recreation, promoting literacy, encouraging life-long learning, and serving as the hub of our communities. www.yorklibraries.org

BHEC Media Contact:
Amanda Brunish, Director of Marketing
abrunish@byrneshec.org, 717.848.3064 x226

York County Libraries Media Contact:
Lora-Lynn Kahler
Director of Marketing and Communication
lkahler@yorklibraries.org, 717.849.6958

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