Summer Environmental Program Helps to Bridge Students' Learning Gaps

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Summer Environmental Program Helps to Bridge Students' Learning Gaps

~DEP's Northeast District staff conduct environmental education activities at Jacksonville Police Athletic League's STEAM summer camp~

Jacksonville Police Athletic League

The Jacksonville Police Athletic League's annual STEAM summer camp reached more than 50 students at the Northside location. 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District partnered for a fourth consecutive year with Jacksonville’s Police Athletic League to help ensure students were better prepared to start this new school year. As part of the league’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) summer camp program, district staff taught hundreds of students ways to protect Florida’s water, land and air.

“It is important for us to show our students and future leaders the value of protecting Florida’s natural resources,” said DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong. “DEP’s Northeast District is proud to promote conservation and responsible practices by providing environmental education to students in our community throughout the year.”

Staff educated hundreds of summer camp participants on the value of protecting the environment, utilizing fun, educational and interactive activities on topics such as recycling and water conservation. DEP’s Northeast District has an energetic passion for providing educational outreach to the communities it serves, and efforts such as supporting the STEAM program create strong community partnerships that safeguard Florida’s natural resources. 

The Police Athletic League’s STEAM summer camp is a fun, hands-on activity program centered on an innovative curriculum that helps curb students’ learning loss during the summer. The league’s program can help with student learning and retention, as each week students engage in an array of academic skill-building activities that spark their imagination, such as building robots out of recyclable materials or crafting edible treats.