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Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015

Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015

The program teaches under-privileged and inner-city youth about the natural environment as well as water safety and kayak skills. The kids are then put ON the Catawba River to see and experience everything they learned!

Summer Youth Kayak & Education Reaches 347 Kids in 2015

Some photos from Summer Youth Kayak & Education in 2015

The final tally is in, and this summer, CRF reached 347 kids in the annual Summer Youth Kayak & Education program! The program puts kids directly on the river to see and experience what they learn about earlier in the day. It was run during the first half of the summer out of Landsford Canal State Park in South Carolina. During the second half of the summer, the program ran out of Tailrace Marina in Mount Holly, North Carolina.

  • 347 kids taught water safety skills.
  • 347 kids exposed to the beauty of the natural environment along the Catawba River.
  • 347 kids kayaking and getting exercise.
  • 347 kids falling in love with the water we all enjoy and depend on.

Thank you first and foremost to our fantastic Education Director, Deb Nahikian, for running the program. Also, thank you to the many volunteers who came out to help teach the kids about the environment, water safety and kayaking.

Finally, thank you to the J. Marion Sims Foundation for making the program possible for youth from Lancaster, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls, SC. CRF members and Aveda Earth Month donations allowed the program to serve more than 200 kids from the Charlotte area (mostly groups from local Boys and Girls Clubs).

We need your support to make this program and all the others we do possible. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY!

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