Susy Romero (COSA), Phone: 210-207-0969, Email: email@example.com
Patricia Stone-Reyes (ECISD), Phone: 210-430-6010, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“These experiences mean so much more to me – more than words can truly express. Ever since I was a little girl, nature has been a part of my life. Now, having opportunities to advocate for our national parks and being able to volunteer myself at the parks is truly unforgettable.”
– Sabrina G., ECISD student
SAN ANTONIO (April 27, 2017) – District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran, East Central Independent School District (ECISD), the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), YMCA and REI gathered for an intimate reception at the Witte Museum on April 26 to ensure the sustainability of the Youth Stewardship on Public Lands Service Learning Project. At the reception, Susan Dixon and Dallas Kelly Kerr of the NPCA presented a check as seed money for next year and encouraged local businesses to support this youth engagement model.
ECISD piloted the Service Learning Project, taking groups of students to Big Bend National Park and exposing them to life-changing educational experiences. Additionally, four ECISD students were selected to travel to Washington DC in April to serve as youth advocates on behalf of the national parks. The proposal for next year expands service areas to include Big Bend National Park, Big Thicket and the National Sea Shore, as well as local parks like the San Antonio Missions.
Councilwoman Viagran previously contributed almost $5,000 of District 3 City Council Project Funds (CCPF) for the acquisition of camping equipment and supplies that enhanced the students’ experience while in Big Bend.
“Having spent time in Big Bend as a student, I have a personal connection with the Youth Stewardship on Public Lands project. I am honored to serve as the champion for this program at the City of San Antonio and look forward to building on this permanent partnership to preserve and conserve our city, state and national parks.”
The Service Learning Project contributes to career exploration, helps build a professional and skilled workforce, encourages healthy lifestyle choices and promotes American patriotism and citizenship through involvement with our national parks. ECISD and its partners are creating this model with the goal of making service learning opportunities available to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status.