Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Erica Shoenberger who has joined Norwalk Grows this year as a FoodCorps Service Member. Norwalk Grows, a member of Norwalk ACTS, uses school garden education to build healthy Norwalk kids. FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. Erica joins a team of 20 FoodCorps Service Members working throughout Connecticut.

In addition to working with students in the school gardens that Norwalk Grows installed, Erica will build on the successful Breakfast in Classroom program at Brookside Elementary School, and expand garden and nutrition education at Kendall Elementary School this year. She is looking forward to teaching hands-on garden lessons with kids! Welcome to Norwalk Erica!

Shout Out to the Mayor’s Student Engineering & Science Program, in partnership with the The Maritime Aquarium’s Summer Youth Program, for providing a free, educational summer learning opportunity for 50 rising 8th- and 9th-graders. In it’s third year, the program was originally created to increase students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) when they return to school in the fall. The 2017 summer-camp programs are funded by contributions from Bankwell and First County Bank, as well as monies raised from the annual Mayor’s Ball.

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