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Connecticut To Invest COVID Aid In Kids Summer Programs

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The state of Connecticut will put millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds toward making summer programs available to kids. Officials say it will be good for students who’ve spent much of the last year apart.

Governor Ned Lamont said the state has set aside about $11 million for grants to various summer activities — like camps and sports. He said that money should be able to provide for about 24,000 kids — that’s about a fifth of the Connecticut K-12 students who take part in summer programs every year.

“Look, it’s been a tough year for our kids. And we've got to make sure that now we begin the transformation and make a difference in their lives. I appreciate what a summer program can mean for people, especially in this year,” Lamont said.

Lamont said he’d like to see cities and towns in Connecticut match the state’s contribution to the fund.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.