On behalf of the Columbus Chapter of CISV, we would like to express our immense appreciation to the Bexley City Schools, the city of Bexley, the Jewish Community Center and the entire Bexley community for their support of the CISV Summer Camp

To the editor:

On behalf of the Columbus Chapter of CISV, we would like to express our immense appreciation to the Bexley City Schools, the city of Bexley, the Jewish Community Center and the entire Bexley community for their support of the CISV Summer Camp that was hosted at the Bexley City Schools Cassingham Complex from June 23, 2012, through July 15, 2012.

CISV is an international peace education organization that strives to promote world peace, social justice and sustainable solutions to problems. The theme of this Summer Camp was "Make the Dream Work," which refers to CISV founder Doris Allen's dream of world peace through building global friendships.

Delegations of 14-year-olds, adult leaders and staff from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and USA spent three weeks in Bexley exploring issues of collaboration and sustainable development.

The camp was taking place at Bexley's middle and high schools during the recent power outage. The school was without power for nearly a week.

During this time, Mayor Ben Kessler, school district Superintendent Mike Johnson, the school facilities and custodial staff, and JCC Executive Director Carol Folkerth went to great lengths to ensure that the camp participants were safe and as comfortable as possible. A trip to the JCC pool, which included much needed warm showers, was arranged. AEP was contacted and every effort was made to restore power as quickly as possible. The facilities and custodial staff ran auxiliary power to needed computers, fans and refrigerators.

Although the physical conditions in the school deteriorated, the spirit of the 49 participants, leaders and staff remained positive due in large part to the support of the Bexley schools, city and community.

Lynn Vottero and Stephanie Gray Wilson
cisv columbus, summer camp co-planners