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Texans go out of their way to help out Scotians

In the evening, they set up a bounce house and offered free snow cones and cotton candy, as well as balloons.

"We had hundreds of kids we visited all three nights last year," said Reamer of the community's response to the free goodies and attractions.

Besides offering a sports clinic and handing out sweet treats, volunteers will also be working to clean up the Maple Shade Cemetery in Scotia.

"They pay their own way to come," said Reamer. "They fly up with their own families, they buy their own food."

He said that last year he was able to put volunteers up in an apartment building in Schenectady but this year volunteers will have to sleep on air mattresses in the church building.

"We're pulling in over a 30-foot long shower trailer that's usually used for things like hurricane disaster relief," said Reamer of the shower facilities that will be provided.

"It was very good, very rewarding," said Johnson of his experience last year with his group of volunteers.

"We're just looking forward to coming and being a part of that area out there," said Johnson.

During the sports clinic, which runs from July 20 to 23, children will be able to learn and practice skills in football, softball, soccer and track and then compete against each other on the last day. Many of the instructors have college coaching experience and/or college athletic experience. All of the instructors have a desire to see kids grow in their ability and have some summer fun.

The clinic schedule is as follows:

Monday: Football

Tuesday: Softball

Wednesday: Soccer

Thursday: Competition (including some track events)

Kids can come for one day or all four. There is no cost to participate, however, space is limited so advance registration is requested.

The camp is open for participants who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Parents are invited to stay and participate if they desire.

Contact First Baptist Church at 372-3128 or send an e-mail request to info@firstbaptistscotia.org with any questions or to request a registration form.

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