MARIANNA, Fla. , Jan. 24 -- The Florida Department of Children & Families issued the following news release: Nearly a dozen youth in foster care or youths receiving services had the opportunity to experience college campus life during the two-day Chipola Champs Camp at Chipola College . The Department of Children and Families (DCF), Big Bend Community Based Care, Anchorage Children's Home and the United Way of Northwest Florida collaborated with Chipola College to host the 2nd annual " Chipola College Champs Camp" for children, ages 11-17. Campers participated in fun, education focused, hands-on learning activities that aligned with many of the academic programs offered at Chipola College . Chipola employees Joc Calloway , Dr. Bryan Craven , Alicia Hatcher and Alice Pendergrass served as hosts for the camp. Students were recognized at a Chipola basketball game and participated in a half-time "Money Sweeps" activity. Academic activities included: "Cars and Curls" offered by Chipola Cosmetology and Automotive students with Automotive instructor John Gardner and Cosmetology instructor Paige Vanderwerf . Campers and Chipola students conducted several science experiments and even had time for homemade, liquid nitrogen ice cream as part of the "Weird Science" presentation by Chipola Science Club with Dr. Jeff Bodart and Dr. David Hilton . Students also participated in a series of "Silly Games" designed to strengthen motor-skills with the Student Government Association and Student Activities Director Nancy Johnson . "We are so appreciative to Chipola College for hosting this camp for a second year," said Vicki Abrams , DCF's Northwest Regional Director. "The staff created activities that really opened our kids' minds to the possibility of college and thinking about their futures." DCF and their community based partners provide more than a dozen Camps for Champions ( www.campsforchampions.com ), statewide, giving Florida youths in foster care the platform to learn, develop team-building skills, and interact with other youths. Several camps are athletic focused, while other camps offer art classes, technology, and engineering skill-building activities. This year's community partners consist of Woodall's Total Comfort Systems, Inc. , Quality Parenting Initiative, Touchstone Energy, Southern Mobile Media Group , and Beef O'Brady's. CC AutoTriage1pm-140125-30TagarumaMar-4614420 30TagarumaMar
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