Maine 5th and 6th graders enjoying free week of camp in Poland

    A free week-long summer camp for underprivileged 5th and 6th graders is underway in Poland. (WGME)

    POLAND (WGME) -- A free week-long summer camp for deserving 5th and 6th graders is underway in Poland.

    It's a blissful scene at a Maine summer camp, kids enjoying activities and each other. For many, it truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

    This is year 25 of Camp Postcard. It's run by Volunteers of America and staffed by law enforcement officers and first responders from all over Maine, officers like Kaitlyn Sawyer from the Kennebunk Police Department.

    "And it's opportunities like this to work with kids and truly make a difference with kids,” Sawyer said. “This is why I got into law enforcement in the first place, is programs like this."

    This is an extra special year for Sawyer.

    She believes in the program so much, she spread the word to the host of her favorite podcast, Mike Rowe. She says he likes to reward people for doing good things around the country.

    "I wrote in,” Sawyer said. “I wasn't expecting much and I just wanted to brag about how cool this program is. I just think more people should know about it and the hundreds of kids we touch every year."

    Message received.

    "The unexpected reaction was that the post went viral within that community of do-gooders, which is what he calls them," Sawyer said.

    The result was thousands of dollars in donations and wish list items for the camp.

    Meaning kids like Daniel Olcott get the summer of their dreams.

    "You would have so much fun, there's a lot of stuff to do, there, there's really nice counselors and there's swimming and all that," Olcott said.

    It's hard to tell who gets more out of the camp, the kids, or the counselors.

    It's just the kind of message you might want to get on a postcard, from camp.

    There are 161 kids from all sixteen Maine counties at camp this week.

    For more information on how to donate to Camp Postcard, click here.

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