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Whitefish Bay - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center plans to rebuild its aquatic facility at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp in Fredonia.

The rebuild will be made possible with a $1.5 million grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust. The grant will support the rebuilding of the camp’s locker room facilities, the installation of an additional learning pool, and the construction of a splash pad.

“The generosity of the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust will bring our aquatics facility up to the standards of our exceptional program and staff,” said JCC President Mark Shapiro. “This investment empowers us to do what we do best: offer inclusive services to the entire community.”

The new locker room facilities will include changing rooms for users with special or defined needs. A second pool will be installed with shallow-entry and ramp access, to promote ease of use and comfort. The splash pad provides the entire camp community with regular access to safe water activities, while also serving as an introduction point for novice swimmers.

“As Rainbow Day Camp continues to grow its service and diversity, the need for these facilities has never been greater,” the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust said in a statement. “Water safety is increasingly important, particularly for low-income families. Making this investment ensures that all children have a safe and welcoming environment to learn and grow.”

The improved facility is expected to fully open in time for the 2017 summer camp season.

“Of all the things we do at Rainbow – teaching every child how to safely enjoy water is at the top of the list,” added Rainbow Day Camp Director Lenny Kass. “We have campers join us from all over the city, of all backgrounds and abilities. The Daniel M. Soref Aquatic Center will help us put a smile on every child’s face, every day of the summer.”

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