Petition to Keep W. Alton Jones Camps Open

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On the morning of June 10, 2020, friends and family of the W. Alton Jones Camps got word that the University of Rhode Island would be closing the campus due to "financial concerns". As a community, we are distressed and disappointed that such a hastily made decision would lead to the closing of the place that makes many of us the happiest. We are calling on the President of URI, David Dooley, along with the administration, to rethink their actions. 

Camp is an important place for many, many children. Campers wait all year to return back to W. Alton Jones to take a break from typical life. They look forward to relaxing, exploring, learning, and growing with like-minded kids. Camp is where many people find life long friends. W. Alton Jones Camps adhere to the mission statement, creating "exciting learning experiences in the natural environment which lead to a heightened sense of responsibility towards improving the quality of life on our planet". With the closing of the camp, we believe that the University is ignoring and disqualifying the importance of this statement. 

We urge you to sign this petition and get your voice heard. Whether you are a camper, parent, staff member, student of URI, or concerned Rhode Island citizen, we urge you to sign, and email davedooley@uri.edu and Governor Gina Raimondo  governor@governor.ri.gov to express your personal care for this campus.