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ACCS Students create art for special needs camp

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School students will have their artwork displayed in one of the first cabins built in an all-accessible camp for children and adults with special needs.

Jennifer Rosso, a high school art teacher at ACCS, said her students each painted a Mississippi wildlife picture to be donated to the 326-acre camp called Camp Kamassa, which is under construction in Crystal Springs.

Camp Kamassa is being built primarily by donations to the Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation and labor supplied by the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command’s Innovative Readiness Training.

The camp, which is anticipated to be fully operational in 2021, would hold several cabins with 20 beds in each, Rosso said.

Rosso’s fifth-period class of 19 students, plus herself, supplied enough acrylic paintings of raccoons, squirrels, ducks, deer and other animals to be displayed above each of the beds in one of those cabins once its built, she said.

“We started the paintings right after Thanksgiving,” she said. “They were all excited about it and wanted to do it.”

Rosso said she heard about the camp through Jeremy Smith, a representative of Southwest Electric, who advertised for interested painters to donate their work to the facility.

Camp Kamassa would be the first camp in the state of Mississippi built entirely for children and adults with special needs and would provide wheelchair-accessible cabins, games and activities as well as an infirmary on its campus, said Southwest Electric Public Relations coordinator, Deb McGee.

Southwest Electric donated equipment, polls, wire, labor and everything needed to provide electricity to the camp and continued to show their support by seeking artists to donate their paintings, McGee said.

“We told them we were going to continue to help … and they reached out to us and said they wanted to decorate the cabins with Mississippi outdoor-themed paintings,” McGee said. “We advertised it and before we even started going to schools Mrs. Rosso contacted us and said she had bought canvases for all of her students and said they would do it.”

More information about Camp Kamassa and Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation can be found at mtkfound.com.

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