Big Bear Valley, CA — With summer starting for BVUSD students on Friday, parents may want to plan some activities for the coming weeks. For those families experiencing financial hardship, the Hummingbird Project has summer activities tuition scholarships available, to fund such programs as summer camp at YMCA Camp Oakes and selected offerings from the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. As Elaine Tennity of the Hummingbird Project tells KBHR, “We’re continuing the summer programs for the children of Big Bear Valley in low-to-moderate income families, and there are all sorts of things they can do—tennis, Camp Oakes, karate, dance, gymnastics, the Super Fun Crazy Camp, swim lessons—and we pay for it.” The Hummingbird Project has been providing these opportunities for local youth for seven years, given Community Development Block Grant funding through the City of Big Bear Lake and the County of San Bernardino, in addition to money generated at the Project’s thrift store at 400 W. Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear City. “This year,” adds Tennity, “we also gave two graduating seniors scholarships and, the last week in July, we will be offering school supplies, shoes and haircuts for students returning to school.” Families who could benefit from the assistance of the Hummingbird Project are encouraged to visit their Bear City location, and are reminded to bring proof of income. Questions can also be directed to the Hummingbird Project by calling 584-8642.
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