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Full “STEAM” ahead with Girls Inc.

Community support has helped so many organizations in our area continue their great work and Girls Inc. of Pinellas is no exception.

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Community support has helped so many organizations in our area continue their great work and Girls Inc. of Pinellas is no exception. The organization’s Executive Director, Darla Otey, joined us to talk about what’s ahead for Girls Inc. “Moving into the summer months, another amazing show of support has allowed us to provide 10 weeks of all day camp, free of charge to almost 70 girls,” Otey said. She added the cost is typically $1,000 per child for the summer. It’s important to note, camps have been paused temporarily after a Girls Inc. staff member tested positive for COVID-19. According to Otey, Girls Inc. implemented their emergency protocols, which include two weeks of closing camp, having the site re-sanitized and testing all staff and children. As of June 26, 2020, the tentative re-opening date is July 13. For more information, visit girlsinc-pinellas.org.

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