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& ADVANCEDDANCE The Gazette UCLA choreographer shines with ‘Stardust’ at Clarice Smith Center. B-1 SERVING NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COMMUNITIES DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Thursday, January 30, 2014 Summer 25 cents BY THE NUMBERS camps BY JEFFREY B Every summer, millions of youths are enrolled in camps. The American Camp Association, the largest camp organization in the United States, breaks down the nation’s numbers for the 2,400 ACA-accredited camps as follows: LYLES S STAFF WRITER TAKE AIM AT Average cost of a day camp per week P See CAMPS, Page A-8 9,500 Estimated number of camps run by nonprofits 2,500 Estimated number of private camps 11 Number of children and adults who attend camps annually n INSIDE n Questions to ask when selecting a summer camp. n School may be out, but social lessons don’t have to be. Number of camp staff from outside the U.S. hired to expose youth to different cultures The prevention of summer brain drain, also known as summer learning loss, is a priority for many parents when choosing camps, but there are also options youths can do at home to keep up to date on academics. “During the summer time or any long break from school and academic learning, it’s hard to get them back into gear,” Ebonie Spreight of Springdale said of her sons, Kalen, 9, and David, 8. “So if there were some PAGE A-8 60 PERCENT BY JEFFREY LYLES STAFF WRITER SOPHIA WEST 20 PERCENT Some camps and at-home activities can reinforce classroom teaching Overall female enrollment at camps See LOSS, Page A-8 SPORTS A LOOK AT THE LEADERS The best coaches know how to relate to their players and adapt. A look at the qualities of a great coach. A-10 Automotive Calendar A-2 Classified B-7 Community News A-3 Entertainment B-1 Opinion A-9 Sports A-10 Please RECYCLE 47 PERCENT Camps in which youths with disabilities can participate CONTINUED ON PAGE A-8 FILE PHOTO B-10 While acknowledging the limitations in preventing such a scenario, some Prince George’s County mall and police officials say they are confident in their current evacuation and active shooter plans in the wake of a shooting at a Columbia mall that left three dead, including the shooter. “You can do the best you can based on your plan,” said Sgt. Amir Reeves, Beltway Plaza Mall security shift superInside: College visor. “No plan is going to Park ties to mall be perfect.” shooting. Page A-7 Those plans are called active shooter drills, and they are common evacuation or response plans to scenarios in which a person is loose in a large building or area while wielding a live weapon, said Lt. William Alexander, a county police spokesman. These plans are common at large stores, developments or malls like the Beltway Plaza Mall in Greenbelt and the National Harbor development in Oxon Hill. These plans usually incorporate cooperation between police and security forces working together to subdue an ac- See PLAN, Page A-7 MILLION Options available to battle summer learning loss Police say major adjustments not necessary in wake of Columbia mall shooting BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER $304 Trends reveal top TV shows, movies are having an impact on county youths’ choices n Below: Campers at Good Knight Child Empowerment Network’s World of Wonder summer day camp in Beltsville practice archery. n t POPULAR HITS op culture is coming i to Prince George’s County summer m camps. Parents are now able to let their children hone archery skills used by characters in “The Hunger Games” movies, whip up desserts like contestants in the “Top Chef” television series or build robots based on the “Transformers” movies. “Parents love to get their children involved in camps that specialize in a specific activity whether it is cooking, a specific sport, art, theater, etc.,” said Kathy Garrity, a program supervisor with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which offered 540 summer camps last year. “They like the variety we offer.” Garrity said specialty programs like robotics, art, self-defense, nature and music production camps are becoming more popular with children and parents. According to the American Camp ‘No plan is perfect’ Baker: ‘Tough choices’ coming in next budget County executive says $2.79B proposal will require department cuts n BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER Prince George’s County’s budget is rising in fiscal 2015, but “tough choices” will have to be made due to sluggish revenues, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) told residents Tuesday night. County government is forecasting a $2.79 billion budget for fiscal 2015, an increase of 2.7 percent over the current fiscal year. Baker said modest increases in revenues, due in part to an anticipated Inside: Teacher 2.2 percent increase in pay, pre-K exproperty taxes, are not pected to benefit keeping pace with infrom state fundcreasing expenditures, ing. Page A-3 and some cuts will need to be made. “Unfortunately, like we did last year, we’re going to ask departments to make tough choices in what they can cut from their departments,” Baker said during the first of three budget forums at Oxon Hill High School. “... But the beautiful thing about Prince George’s County is ... we can see the growth See BUDGET, Page A-7 SPECIAL SECTION PRIVATE SCHOOLS MUNICIPAL SCENE Advertising Supplement Religious schools welcome students of other faiths; how top technology benefits students; plus, a detailed directory of private schools in Prince George’s. INSIDE TODAY 1906236

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