2012-07-06 / Community

RWA Prepares For Free Summer Programs

This week Rockaway Waterfront Alliance staff were preparing for the start of their summer program for middle school and high school students operating throughout the months of July and August. The program has been one of the few FREE summer programs hosted on the peninsula and offers students the opportunity to take on environmental issues while learning to surf, swim and kayak in order to gain a greater appreciation of the Rockaway shoreline.

This year is the first year that RWA has hired and trained a team of high school interns to assist in leading stewardship projects and mentoring visiting groups. The program is a continuation of the “Shore Corps” Intern program RWA led this school year to have young people training to take on environmental restoration projects on the peninsula.

A record number of families have enrolled their children in the program. However, many were turned away due to having children too young to participate in the program. It brought to light the issue of the lack of child care and summer programming for young children in the Rockaways. In order to do more for those families RWA decided to expand their existing summer program by opening their garden for free drop-in workshops for elementary school students, families and camp programs seeking activities this summer.

The Young Explorers Environmental Workshops will be hosted every Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. July 17-August 14; and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. August 4-August 18 at the Rockaway Hip Hop Garden located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Boulevard (Beach 59 Street). The workshops will be led by RWA educators and Shore Corps Interns on subjects related to the arts, greening initiatives and energy conservation, along with activities for young children n which to take part. The program is free and does not require any advanced registration. To reserve space for groups to attend the workshops, contact RWA in advance at info@rwalliance.org. Go to www.rwalliance.org to learn more.

RWA’s summer youth programs are sponsored by the DeMatteis Family, National Grid Foundation, Aviation Development Corporation, JetBlue Airways, Durst Family Foundation, NY State DEC and many individual donors who care about giving local kids a chance to learn and grow into healthy and happy people.

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