Ensuring that more local children have access to academic programs, fitness activities, the arts, and nutritious snacks and lunches, Mayor Lenny Curry, joined by local elected officials, announced the expansion of Jacksonville’s Summer Camp program for this year.
Working with Jacksonville City Council auditors, Mayor Curry’s staff identified nearly $958,000 that became available for re-appropriation to allow the Summer Camp program to expand to an additional 24 sites serving approximately 1,700 additional children. Last year’s Summer Camp program included 98 sites serving 6,258 youth.
“Today is the last day of school for students in Duval County Public Schools and we want to make sure that we provide quality opportunities for our children to continue to learn and thrive over the summer,” Mayor Curry said. “This is an important investment in our community’s future that positively impacts public safety, and I appreciate the support of City Council, particularly Councilman Hazouri and Councilman Reginald Brown in advocating for this funding.”
Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (At-Large) first asked Council auditors whether additional funds might be available for expanding the Summer Camp program. District 10 Councilman Reginald Brown further championed the cause to find resources in order to serve more youth.