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An Epic summer: Tech giant repurposes former workspace for kids’ camp

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Camp Tokay is in session.

UnityPoint Health - Meriter staff members started a summer camp for kids of healthcare workers Monday, with the support of UW-Health.

The camp is being held at Epic's former headquarters on the west side of Madison on Tokay Blvd.

School-aged children of local healthcare workers can participate.

"I think it's been a huge relief to have a safe place to send their children where they can have a lot of fun and explore and still go about their day and not worry about where their children are and know that they're going to be well taken care of and have some peace of mind," said Rachel Weber, the manager of Camp Tokay and Meriter's children's center.

Social distancing guidelines are in place.

"Kids are in small group sizes. We do a lot of safety protocols to keep the kids safe, but with that, they're still having a lot of fun, and that's what summer is all about," said Weber.

Besides the use of the building, Epic is also donating meals, snacks and games for the kids, plus cleaning and lawn care efforts.

When coronavirus first became a concern locally, this same space was used as a daycare for children whose parents were on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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