Local students enjoyed Sanibel Sea School's free Hurricane Camp in September. 

Local students enjoyed Sanibel Sea School's free Hurricane Camp in September. 

Beginning in 2018, Sanibel Sea School will host free Community Camp Days for local students on select school holidays. The first free program will be offered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th. Registration details and additional program days will be announced via the organization’s social media accounts and e-mail list approximately one month in advance.

Each Community Camp Day will have a theme, and games and activities will always relate to the topic of the day. The first theme will be dolphins, and activities could include snorkeling, surfing, relay races, and art projects. “We received so much positive feedback from families for offering a post-Irma Hurricane Camp while schools were closed,” said Director of Education Nicole Finnicum. “Parents seemed so grateful to have a safe, affordable place to send their kids while they went back to work.”

She added that many parents asked for the nonprofit to offer similar opportunities in the future, on normal school holidays, which often present childcare challenges. The idea was perfect, because the Sanibel Sea School team is always looking for creative new ways to directly support the community with its donor-supported scholarship fund. “We immediately said yes and started planning,” said Finnicum. “All of us that work here are so grateful to have donors who make projects like this possible.”

Space is limited, and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. To ensure that all interested families have a chance to participate, registration will be limited to two free program days per calendar year, per child. For more information about future Community Camp Days, follow Sanibel Sea School on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up to receive the organization’s emails at sanibelseaschool.org. Alternatively, you may request to be added to the email list by emailing info@sanibelseaschool.org. Sanibel Sea School is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.