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Saratoga Race Track Saturday Camp for Children of Backstretch Workers

Name: Kathy Rooney

Favorite Charity: Saratoga Race Track Saturday Camp for Children of Backstretch Workers

I like working with kids. I love making jewelry. This gives me an opportunity to combine two of my favorite things. Hundreds of backstretch workers come to Saratoga Springs, NY every year for the "Meet". Most bring their families. When the adults are working, there is nothing for the children to do. The Racetrack Chaplaincy program partners with local churches and other groups to provide free activities for the children. One of them is the Saturday Camp run in conjunction with the Ballston Spa Presbyterian Church. We rely totally on contributions to run the camp.

I work at the camp every Saturday during the track season at the Saratoga Race Track (end of July through Labor Day). Last year I thought it might be fun to teach some of the middle school age girls how to make earrings. They loved it! I'm working there again this year and intend to make jewelry-making a regular part of the fun. It gives the kids something creative to do. There is such a sense of pride and accomplishment when they model their creations - or give them to their moms. I hadn't discovered Fire Mountain Gems last year, but this time I intend to buy most of my jewelry-making materials from you.

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