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Empower Me Day Camp provides carnival fun

Gabe Farmer, Democrat Correspondent • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Empower Me Day Camp finished up its carnival-themed week of activities Friday with a miniature carnival. 

Children gathered together at the fairgrounds to get their faces painted, learn to juggle and play in a ball pit. Once they had tired themselves out with the games, children received gift bags and had a much-appreciated snack time. 

Empower Me Day Camp will kick off again next week with a tropical theme. On Wednesday, it will play host to “Tropical Come and Go,” an open house event to celebrate 15 years of Empower Me Day Camp. Anyone interested in the camp is invited to come help with the celebration at the James Ward Agricultural Center. 

Empower Me Day Camp is an organization that was established in 1999 that provides a day camp for children with disabilities. The camp takes place at the fairgrounds in Lebanon six weeks out of every year, with three weeks in June and three weeks in July. Empower Me Day Camp is open to children and adults from 5-21 with disabilities. 

The organization is an independently operating nonprofit organization. The day camp was established in 1999 by a group of pediatric therapists in an effort to provide opportunities for disabled children in the greater Nashville area.  As a nonprofit organization, the day camp relies heavily on donations to continue to provide for disabled children.

In addition to the day camp, Empower Me Day Camp provides events, such as the annual Swine Fest in August and Fall Sports Festival in October. Families from more than 10 different counties, including counties in Kentucky and Alabama, participate in Empower Me Day Camp’s activities, which provide a welcoming environment for disabled children.

Each week, the day camp plays host to 35 children. The camp currently has a waiting list of hopeful campers due to its cap of 35 due to limited resources and volunteers. 

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