First time camper disappointed about mixup

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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ROSALIA, Kan.-- Maleia Cliff received a letter last month with details about the camp and a congratulations message for being chosen to Butler Camp 2000.

The 11-year-old girl was excited to go to the camp, which helps at-risk students in Butler County achieve the goal of attending college.

Her mother, Leanne, was hoping the camp would help her daughter achieve her dream.

"Maleia has always said since she was young that she wanted to be a dentist and I think, 'How in the world am I going to pay for that?' So, I was really excited about that part," said Leanne.

The family lost many of their belongings in a house fire last November. A day before the camp, they spent nearly $200 in getting all the supplies needed for that camp.

"I was looking forward to it," said Maleia.

But when the pre-teen arrived on Monday, the principal informed her the letter had been sent to her by mistake.

"I was disappointed and embarrassed," said Maleia.

Now, the family hopes this serves a lesson for other families to always double check.

"You've gotta make sure that it was really supposed to be sent to you. I mean who would've ever think that you'd get something you're not supposed to get like that but it happens," said Leanne.

The principal of Flinthills Middle School apologized for the mistake. He said each year, there are only five students students chosen per district for the camp.


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