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Volusia to start taking applications this month for summer camp scholarships

Summer camp scholarships are available to income-eligible children and children with special needs through Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division.

Families with children ages 5 through 14 who meet residency and income requirements are encouraged to apply for scholarships. To be eligible, 5-year-old children must have completed kindergarten.

Applications will be available March 20 in Volusia County Public Library branches and the Human Services offices at 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand; 250 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach; 107 E. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach; and 2765 Rebecca Lane, Suite B, Orange City.

They also will be posted online at www.volusia.org/community_assistance/applications.htm.

Drop-off sites
Completed applications will be accepted at these times and locations:
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 25 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library – City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 27 in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand
1 to 6 p.m. April 2 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 10, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.

After April 10, applications may be submitted in person or by mail to the Volusia County Community Assistance Division, 110 W. Rich Ave., DeLand, FL 32720.

Faxed applications will not be accepted. Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list until an opening becomes available.

For more information, call Peggy Johnson or Myra Gaziano at 386-736-5955.

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Daytona State to host free summer camps
Daytona State College is offering a series of free, four-day summer camps for Volusia County high school students in grades 9, 10 and 11. All camps will be held June 10-13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Advanced Technology College, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach. A total of 80 students (20 students per camp) will have the opportunity to participate in the following camps:

Robotics: Create small robots for lifting and hurling. Students will learn about the theory of simple machines, electronics and system control, as well as mobile platforms, projectile accuracy, radio control and other engineering concepts.

Interior design: Create a living space in a New York apartment. Students will learn the elements and principles of design, color theory and furniture planning as they select appropriate furnishings, finishes and accessories to design their dream apartment. Each student will leave the camp with a printed floor plan using AutoCAD and a color board of materials from the camp’s resource library.

Machining: Learn how to cut metal, design prints, operate machine tools, program CAD/CAM software and build a part to take home.

AutoCAD/Drafting: Using 3D modeling, students will create their own “Decepticon” in virtual space; animate the transformer to make it change from one state to the other and record the process in a movie file.

How to apply
Eligible Volusia County high school students must be in grades 9, 10 or 11, In a standard diploma track and have a teacher recommendation. Limited bus transportation will be provided from identified stops.

Students can pick up applications from their school guidance department or their career and technical teacher. They must be submitted by April 30 to Debra Dumas, Career and Technical Education, DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 N. Clara Ave., DeLand, Fla. 32720. Students will be notified of camp acceptance by Friday, May 17.

For additional information about the free summer camps, contact Heather Burke, BurkeH@DaytonaState.edu or 386- 506-3737.

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Workshop, expo to help caregivers
Providers United in Local Service to the Elderly (PULSE) will host a workshop for caregivers from 10 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. Caregivers will learn how to care for themselves while caring for an aging loved one.

Mark Spivey, M.A., L.C.S.W., who specializes in caregiver fatigue in the home and work environment, will deliver a 30-minute presentation titled “Self Care for the Caregiver.” Afterward, expo vendors will be available with free information, giveaways and door prizes. Light refreshments will be served.

More information: Deborah Shafer, 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

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