Through funding provided by the Foundation for Pottstown Education, the Pottstown Middle School Environmental Club attended the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) from May 17-19. Twenty nine students along with teachers made the trip to Dingman’s Ferry for three days of educational experiences and fun.
The students and chaperons camped in the Yurt village, which are domed tents on a platform. They hiked over 7 miles in two days, participated in team building activities and a confidence course. The students learned about stream ecology and the sustainable practices that PEEC has implemented. They went canoeing and had a campfire complete with smores. Each student took a turn in the cafeteria setting the tables for the group, clearing everyone’s plates, wiping the tables and sweeping the floor. The students were also required to journal about various experiences throughout their time at PEEC.
This is an annual trip for the club, however, this year’s trip was in jeopardy of being cancelled due to a loss in funding by a grant that no longer provided funding for trips such as this. Mrs. Angelo, Middle School Teacher and Club advisor approached the Foundation for Pottstown Education requesting assistance in paying for the trip. The Foundation provided $2,500 to support the Environmental Club in this effort. The Foundation received a donation from an anonymous donor providing funds for Environmental Programs and was able to support this Club.
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