Money for summer camps at River Institute

TD Canada Trust has given $30,000 this year to the River Institute to run its summer education programs. Pictured, from left, Executive Director Dr. Jeff Ridal, educator Lacey MacDonald, TD Canada Trust Branch Managers Leigh MacDonald and Michelle Huntley. Click photo to enlarge. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences will be offering another round of summer camps for grade-school age students.

Members of TD Canada Trust in Cornwall and TD Friends of the Environment gave the River Institute $30,000 in funding Monday as part of a three-year, $90,000 commitment for the camps and educational programs.

There are three camps with the first one starting March Break (Mar. 16-20), called Winter Fun Week at Cooper Marsh.

The other two are the Junior Scientist Camp (two weeks in July) and the Eco-Friends Summer Day Camp (June 29-Aug. 14).

On the same day as the funding announcement, Eric Thomas, a student engagement teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board, had a class of a dozen students from Cornwall, SD&G and Hawkesbury at the River Institute as part of an enrichment opportunity.

Students Carly Walker and James Lauzon check on a specimen in the microscope while TD Canada Trust Branch Managers observe the class. The bank has given $30,000 for education programs at the River Institute this year. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Students Carly Walker and James Lauzon check on a specimen in the microscope while TD Canada Trust Branch Managers observe the class. The bank has given $30,000 for education programs at the River Institute this year. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

“These students are gifted and by coming here this enhances the curriculum. What they’re doing in there (the lab) right now is diversity of living things which is an enhancement of the grade six curriculum. In class they would be exposed to how to identify different animals and life forms and here they’re able to go into the lab, see the actual specimens under the microscope and go farther with the curriculum,” Thomas said.

Thomas says the students are excited about the program.

“It’s so cool. It’s been nothing but positive feedback from the kids. It’s just been wonderful after our first session in November they’ve been all so excited to come back. It’s been just a fun learning experience for them,” he said.

The March Break and summer camps are on a first-come, first-served basis for students and prices range from $150 to $200 per week.

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