This fosters relationships between people with and without disabilities while they spend the week together, said Norma Cappocci, who coordinates the camp every year. She is the representative for VSA of Ohio.
“The camp is such a success, and it is due largely in part to our great group of peers who never get the kudos deserved,” she said.
The camp helps to build character while building confidence and friendships, she said. The education component of Camp Jukebox includes instruction to meet the various needs of multiple learners, a variety of dance forms and techniques, and skills needed for on-stage performance.
In addition, peers are trained to work with special needs while gaining an appreciation for disabled individuals.
The culmination of the camp is a performance at North Canton’s Main Street Festival, with an audience of about 200. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Requirements are that they have special needs, must be able to comprehend direction, not be a severe behavior problem and can attend to their own restroom needs.
WHAT: Camp Jukebox.
BOARD MEMBERS: Lisa Hicklin, intervention specialist for Canton City Schools; Linda Cavella, owner, A Time to Dance Studio, North Canton; Marge Krok, surgery room nurse and mother of daughter with Down syndrome; Stefanie Coletti, executive director, Granted Wish Foundation; Lisa Parramore, communications manager, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Norma Capocci, Stark County Service Division representative for VSA Ohio.
DONATIONS: Pays for running the camp, cast parties, and other workshops from time to time. Donations can be made to VSA Ohio/Stark County Service Division, North Canton Playhouse, Attention: Norma Capocci, 525 Seventh St. NE, North Canton OH 44720.