Exelon Generation announced a grant of $12,500 to support Mystic River Watershed Association’s locally focused, real-world environmental education programs geared to area youth.
“We want to educate and inspire our future stewards,” said Marian Miller, Education Director at the Mystic River Watershed Association. “Far too often when I go into the classroom youth do not know about the local river that sits in their backyard. With our programs we introduce students to the watershed, help them understand it, think critically about issues facing it and explore possible solutions.”
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) currently runs education programs in 11 communities in the watershed. Last year we reached 1,400 students with interactive and placed-based learning about the Mystic River watershed. Our educational focus has been on both river herring, as the Mystic River is one of three rivers in the Commonwealth that sees more than half-a-million herring migrating every year, as well as stormwater pollution, which is a threat to urban rivers. The $12,500 grant from Exelon Generation will support MyRWA’s overall education efforts as well as support the expansion of this program into Everett with a focus on STEM learning.
“We are pleased to support this innovative STEM program that uses the Mystic River as a teaching tool for students across the region,” said Archie Gleason, General Manager, Exelon Generation, Northeast Region.
“Thank you to Exelon Generation for your generous financial support of our education efforts,” said Patrick Herron, Executive Director. “With so many exciting projects—from the return of the river herring to historically high numbers to the exciting new paths and parks being built around the river—the time is now for communities to engage with the Mystic River watershed.”
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