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Trooper Island Receives Donations from Oak Grove Elementary

Date of News Release: 05/05/2005

An image of Trooper Sutton with Oak Grove Elementary Principle, Regina Foley(ALBANY, KY) -During the month of April (Child Abuse Awareness Month) students from Oak Grove Elementary School in Corbin, Kentucky raised money to help other children by selling blue chain links for 10 cents each. Their goal was to sell enough links to reach around the school. On Tuesday, May 3, 2005 Regina Foley Principle at Oak Grove Elementary presented Trooper Island Camp Director Trooper Craig Sutton a check for $2,298.16 as a contribution for Trooper Island Camp to help less fortunate children. Several students from Oak Grove Elementary along with students throughout the Whitley School district have had the opportunity to attend the summer camp at Trooper Island.

On Tuesday May 3, 2005 Kentucky State Police, Post 11 clerk Melissa Vaught accepted 11 new archery bows on behalf of Trooper Island Camp. Matt McPherson president of (Mathews Bows) and Kevin Stay president of (Genesis Bows) of Sparta, Wisconsin donated the new archery bows, which are valued at $175.00 each. The bows will be used to teach Trooper Island Campers safety and techniques in archery.

In 1965 the Kentucky State Police developed Trooper Island on Dale Hollow Lake near the Clinton-Cumberland County line as a boys camp. Trooper Island has since been converted to a co-ed camp which currently serves approximately 700 boys and girls ages 10 to 12 selected from across the commonwealth at to attend camp at no charge during the summer months. Those children who have been chosen may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a camp. In addition to regular camping dates there are special camps held during the summer help children with PKU (phenylketonuria), Heart Complications and a Hispanic camp. Trooper Island is a non-profit charitable corporation, which operates solely from contributions and charitable activities such as the one held by Oak Grove School. Additional ways in which money has been raised for Trooper Island are through golf scrambles, motorcycle runs, fishing tournaments and the yearly statewide raffle.

Anyone that would like to make a donation or further information about Trooper Island can visit the Trooper Island web site at or by contacting your local Public Affairs Officer at any of the Kentucky State Police Posts across the state.

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