Students to learn about environment and ecology at Shenango camp

Penn State Shenango is holding a weeklong summer camp, "Sustaining Our Future: Substantial Energy Education Days (S.E.E.D.)," for 40 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from the Shenango Valley. The program has been made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Regional Summer Schools of Excellence program, which was written by elementary gifted support teachers from Sharon, Hermitage, Farrell, and Sharpsville School Districts, in partnership with Penn State Shenango.

"We are very excited about being a part of this important program for kids," stated Apryl Gilliss, associate director of Continuing Education. "The students who are participating in our camp are gifted and talented or were recommended by their schools and teachers because of their interest in environmental issues or for their academic excellence in math or science." The camp, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 7 through July 11, includes a one-day field trip to Munnel Run Farm in Mercer, Macoskey Center at Slippery Rock University, and McKeever Environmental Center in Sandy Lake.

Throughout the week, students are learning about alternative and sustainable methods of energy and how they can make a positive difference in the environment. "Upon completion of this course, our hope is that students will go out and talk to their peers and adults about what they have learned and how we all can help to prevent further destruction to our environment," said David Tomko, elementary gifted support teacher for Sharon School District. The instructors for the camp include Tomko, Nancy Bires from Hermitage School District, Mike Cummings from Farrell School District, and Heather Butchy from Sharpsville School District.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education programs, please call (724) 983-2826.


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Last Updated March 19, 2009