Students and family members enjoyed lunch, graduation and a ride on Euclid Beach memorabilia collector Joe Tomaro’s Rocket Ship Car – a street-legal vehicle crafted from one of the 1935 Euclid Beach Rocket ride cars.
The rocket ship car was not selected haphazardly: Camp !magine director and Avon Lake High School teacher Gjergh Haxiu said they were “blasting the ‘dis’ from disability.”
This year, a staff of 57 were on hand to guide the students through camp.
Camp !magine is an all-encompassing program that empowers students to participate in the community through project based learning, building lasting friendships and fostering success in their academic and IEP goals.
The program was inspired by Handi-Camp which was founded in 1987 by Frank and Nadge Herceg, and Lee Smelko, parents of children with multi-handicap needs,
This six-week program includes activities based on target goals and objectives derived from the current IEP, but also include daily living activities, crafts, games, community service projects, hikes, swimming and even a day at the baseball game, according to the Avon Lake School District.