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Langevin touts science and math education grants

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Congressman Jim Langevin stopped by the Providence Community Boating Center today for a discussion on how to improve science, math and technology education.

The appearance is a way for Langevin to promote a new piece legislation that would provide grants for innovative science and math programs. As an example, Langevin is highlighting a summer program run by the Providence After School Alliance, which pairs public school teachers and community groups to create summer activities for middle school students.

I visited PASA’s summer program last year and found students happily in a variety of activities like working with Save the Bay or writing, producing and directing their own movie. Organizers say their goal is to give students a positive experience with learning over the summer and keep their minds active to avoid the often-invoked “summer slide.”

But students were not the only ones who seemed to be benefiting from the program. Teachers told me they got to know students in a different way while working with them over the summer, and many said they felt inspired to increase project-based lessons during the regular school year after seeing how well it worked in the summer program.

John O'Flaherty, Executive Director for Community Boating Center, commented "Sailing offers an unparalleled medium for youth to explore how science, technology, engineering, and math can be fun in a hands-on, real-world way. We are very fortunate to have a an impressive array of partners including the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), the Rhode Island After School Plus Alliance, Providence Public School teachers, and US Sailing all committed to making the Ocean State a leader in STEM education initiatives."

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)