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Camp Kiwanilong getting Wi-Fi thanks to area businesses

Representatives of the groups and businesses who pulled together to bring internet to Camp Kiwanilong are, left to right, Justin Abbott of Providence Seaside Hospital, Terri Opsahl and Neal Wallace of Camp Kiwanilong, Lori Lum and Julie Lum of Lum's Auto Center, John King of Pacific Seafood, Marla Olstedt of Lum's, and Rod Heyen, principal at Warrenton Grade School. (Courtesy Pacific Seafood)
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Three local businesses have joined forces with the school district to provide Wi-Fi for students at Camp Kiwanilong.

The district has been using the camp through a contract signed last year. It provides an additional location with room to spread out during the pandemic. Districts have been required to ensure students maintain social distancing and other health practices.

Pacific Seafood, Lum’s Auto Center and Providence Seaside Hospital paid for the installation.

The introduction of Wi-Fi at the camp allows the district to expand its hybrid/on-site learning program. As many as 400 students will have access to outdoor education activities while also completing their distant learning with in-person support from district staff.

Camp Kiwanilong will have the added benefit of Wi-Fi year-round, which will enhance their camping opportunities for the public during summer months.

“While our mission at Pacific Seafood is to feed the world, our passion is to support our local communities,” said John King, the company’s general manager. “We are proud to have the opportunity to invest, along with Lum’s Auto Center, Providence Seaside Hospital and the school district, in a resource for our community that will help expand opportunities for safe, in-person learning in the short term, but also will enhance community programming for years to come.”

Students participating in on-site or hybrid learning rotate with a small group of fellow students called “cohorts” between the school building, Camp Kiwanilong, and home.

“We are so grateful for Pacific Seafood, Lum’s Auto Center, and Providence Seaside Hospital for providing this vital resource to support education,” school superintendent Tom Rogozinski said. “It has been a challenging time for our entire community, but when we come together it’s truly amazing what can be accomplished. Thank you, community partners, for investing in our children’s future.”

Wi-fi installation at the camp is under way, with accessibility for students in grades 6 through 8 and, later in the year, expanding to grades 4 and 5.

Back row, left to right: Rod Heyen, Warrenton Grade School principal; Justin Abbott, Providence Seaside Hospital; Neal Wallace, Camp Kiwanilong board member; John King, Pacific Seafood. Front row, left to right: Marla Olstedt, Lum’s Auto Center; Lori Lum, Lum’s Auto Center; Julie Lum, Lum’s Auto Center. (Courtesy Pacific Seafood)

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