Sertoma donates to summer camp

The Minot Sertoma Club donated $2,000 to the North Dakota School for the Deaf Summer Camp for deaf and hard of hearing children ages 7 through high school graduation. Each year, NDSD sponsors two one-week summer camps – the first for children 7-12 years old and the second for those age 13 through high school graduation.

NDSD partners with the Y Camp, who hosts the campers.

NDSD Summer Camp began in 1987 as a means for deaf children to interact with other deaf children. Linda Ehlers, camp director, who is also hard of hearing, noted that North Dakota is a very rural state and she did not meet another deaf person until she was in her 20s.

Campers enjoy a full week of recreation that Ehlers said is used to provide education.

The Minot Sertoma Club is a local service club whose mission is to assist in the areas of speech and hearing. On May 4, the Sertomans are holding a hearing awareness walk, “Celebrate Sound-Don’t Walk in Silence,” at the Minot State University Dome. Interested people can go to ( and click on the Minot walk to see how they can participate.