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Piper asks community to help her earn her way to camp

January 2, 2019
Piper Banning
Piper Banning is a precocious 11-year-old Bonners Ferry girl who, like most her age, doesn't like writing all that much. For her, it's a task that's a good bit harder than it is for most, as she is visually impaired.

Not that that slows her down much. But she wants to go back to Camp Abilities this June at St. Martin's University in Olympia, Washington, and she has a lot of work to do to earn the opportunity.

Now in its fourth year helping visually impaired and blind kids see that they are far more able than most are led to believe by how they are treated in their schools and communities, where few have the chance to participate in sports and gain the benefits of being part of the team, Camp Abilities gives visually impaired and blind kids the chance to explore their athletic abilities and gain the self-confidence athletics instill.

"She had such an amazing experience last summer and learned more about herself and others than we ever could have imagined," her mom, Katie, wrote.

Most who go to Camp Abilities get scholarships to help offset the cost of camp, about $1,300 for tuition alone.

But Piper isn't willing to put her hopes in being approved, she wants instead to earn her way and she painstakingly took pencil in hand to write and ask her community for support to help her raise the $1,400 she will need to attend this summer.

"If you would like to donate, just message me and I'll give you details or if you have any small odd jobs for her to do over the next few months, she says she happy to work to earn!" Katie said. "Just let me know!"

Katie can be reached by private message on Facebook, or by calling (208) 660-5235. Piper is eager to hear from you!

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