SYRCL docents teaching science |

SYRCL docents teaching science

The South Yuba River Citizens League pilot-tested a new Science Docent Program in fifth-grade classrooms this spring. The program trained local volunteers to work with teachers to expand science education.

SYRCL docents reached 296 fifth-graders with three different science lessons through the program, sponsored by a $5,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and an additional $5,000 raised from local donors. SYRCL was one only of four organizations in Northern California to win a grant through the EPA program.

“These grants represent our smartest investment in the future,” said Wayne Nastri, administrator of the EPA’s Pacific Southwest office.

“I am thrilled to see such a groundswell of support for this program – both from our wonderful volunteers and from teachers and administrators in the community,” said Carlyle Holmes, SYRCL’s river teachers’ director.

“This program has been great” says Larry Kinkor, one of the docents. “It really gave me a meaningful way to participate in the classroom.”

This summer, SYRCL will be raising money for the program. Businesses that would like to sponsor a classroom can contact Holmes at 265-5961, ext. 204.

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