PARKTON, Maryland (WJZ) – Unable to organize its traditional fall programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center decided to offer students a new learning experience.
“I can have fun, go do all the activities,” Kindergarten student Anna Shevland said.
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“I love that there are kids to hang out with, that there are fun activities and animals,” said fifth-grader Tripp Witkowski.
It is an academic enrichment program that is a product of the pandemic.
“Schools were going virtual and all these parents were like, ‘What are we going to do? Jackie LaMonica, program director of the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, said.
With the nonprofit unable to organize their traditional fall programs, they realized they could help by allowing children to do their virtual learning in Genesee Valley, while their parents went to work.
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“Being able to come here and interact with nature and interact with each other, it allows them to develop and grow and nurture that learning and sponge spirit that they have,” said LaMonica.
As the enrichment program will end with the school year, they will continue their outdoor adventures with their summer camp.
In the fall, it’s time to build a team and relearn communication skills in person.
“We think we’re in the best position right now to help support all of these business groups, these school groups, reconnect and come back here and relearn how to communicate person-to-person and solve these challenges where we have. does a lot of stuff online, ”LaMonica said.
Although it has been a year of change, they have shown flexibility and have continued to find ways to serve their community by taking them to new heights.
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