What an August we had! We started out with our annual week of Adapted Water Sports down at Jetties Beach with our community partner, Nantucket Community Sailing. It was wonderful having all of our friends and some new faces join us for a week of  kayaking, paddle boarding, and using the outrigger canoe. Our STAR staff marveled at how independent our students have become out on the water and a great time was had by all! A week later we kicked off  our inaugural week of S.T.A.R. Troopers, an activities camp for our local children. It was AMAZING!!!!! We were all over the island enjoying field trips, outdoor adventures and time at the beach. I think some of my favorite moments were in the van traveling around the island. It was extremely rewarding to see our S.T.A.R. kiddos just being kids and teens. A huge thank you to our grant partners for helping to make this happen, The Doug Flutie Foundation, The Nantucket Golf Club Foundation and The Nantucket Fund (CFN). I am going to end this months blog with a quote from one of our parents regarding camp.

“Gabriella had an absolute blast and came home exhausted and excited to share with us all the fun things she did and saw during each day. One of the biggest highlights of this program for Gabriella was the opportunity, for the first time in her life, to attend “Camp”. She loved and was so excited to tell her family and friends that she was going to “camp”. While many of her typical peer classmates have been attending camp during the summer for years, this summer Gabriella was given the same opportunity as her peers to participate in a summer camp experience thanks to generous grants and amazing volunteers that came together to create this most memorable week for our children.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”