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State Senator Carolyn Comitta tours the YMCA’s new “Zoo & STEM on Wheels” van with Brian Raicich, Executive Director of the Upper Main Line YMCA.
Children and youth attending YMCA of Greater Brandywine summer camps will now have access to even more innovative environmental and STEM education programs thanks to funding secured by State Senator Carolyn Comitta.
Comitta recently visited the Upper Main Line YMCA to see firsthand how the $50,000 in state grants she secured through the Pennsylvania Department of Education are helping expand the already impressive lineup. educational opportunities based on organizational sciences.
“One of the best ways to prepare our young people for the challenges of tomorrow is to improve their understanding of the world around them. Helping children grow into strong, confident, environmentally conscious, scientifically savvy and technologically capable adults is an investment in our future,” Comitta said. “I was happy to help secure this funding so the YMCA can continue to help children and youth develop a lifelong love of science. »
Funding helped make modifications to the YMCA’s ‘Zoo & STEM on Wheels’ van, which transports several resident animals, science experiments and other STEM learning resources to thousands of children enrolled in daycare programs of children, after school and summer camp at the Y, as well as students from area schools, through partnerships with local districts.
“The Upper Main Line YMCA offers nature and STEM education programs on its 54-acre property in Berwyn, Pennsylvania to hundreds of children each year,” said YMCA Executive Director Brian Raicich. Upper Main Line. “We are honored to have received the grant from the Ministry of Education and look forward to the additional programs and enhanced outreach opportunities it will help us provide. We are grateful to Senator Comitta and her team for their support in achieving this goal and for taking the time to explore our campus.
During her visit to the Upper Mainline YMCA, Comitta interacted with several campers and staff while touring the Environmental Education Center, Artisan Village, Cassatt Preserve and Camps. summer.
“I want to thank the YMCA of Greater Brandywine and its staff, especially those at the Upper Main Line YMCA, for making environmental and STEM education a priority in their youth, summer and after school programs. “said Comitta. “I appreciate your work and thank you for striving to bring these programs and resources directly to diverse groups of children in communities across the county.”