We have two opportunities for an amazing RYLA experience!  The first one is RYLA Pinerock, held this month, in Prescott over Martin Luther King weekend.  Delegates have been chosen, and staff are ready to rock n roll! 
As part of the RYLA curriculum, students are introduced to a community service project – Kids Against Hunger (KAH) meal packing through the Manzanita Outreach Organization, an Arizona Charitable Tax Credit organization.   Camp Pinerock will once again bring KAH in to beat last year’s record of 42,552 nutritious meals packed in three hours, with the packaged food distributed to local emergency providers in Apache County.   We need monetary donations to cover the cost of the food.  Please consider donating up to $400 – Single/Head of household or $800 – Married filing jointly and receive an Arizona dollar-for-dollar tax credit.  Please donate now via 2018 RYLA Kids Against Hunger event sponsorship .
The second opportunity for an amazing RYLA experience is at Camp Ponderosa, to be held April 5-8, in Heber AZ.  The cost is $400/student, paid for by a sponsoring rotary club.   Go to ryla5495ponderosa.org for more information and online applications, starting January 8, 2018.
Ponderosa RYLA will also participate in the Kids Against Hunger community service project, for the first time.  Our goal is to pack 30,000 meals and donate the meals to an emergency food provider in St Johns, AZ, which is in Apache County.  A recent news article stated that Apache County had the highest number of hungry children (not knowing where/when their next food was) in the United States.  Please help us feed these children!  Go to the link above and make a contribution--the children will be very grateful, and so will we!
Have a prosperous new year!
RYLA 5495 Volunteer Staff