NORTH BENNINGTON – Paran Recreations announced Wednesday that it will receive a grant of $ 31,000 under the state’s Summer Matters for All grant program. The funds are part of $ 3.85 million that will be allocated to programs in 13 counties to expand access to its summer program for K-12 children.
The Paran Lake program will focus on outdoor activities and environmental and learning activities. The program includes a collaboration with the Friends of Hiland Hall Gardens and the Fund for North Bennington. Each week will focus on a different topic and will include hiking, swimming, fishing and learning about the natural environment in the North Bennington area.
Children will participate in activities such as catching tadpoles and learning about their life cycle, harvesting tomatoes and making salsa, canoeing around the lake in search of turtles, and participating in real-time conservation projects. Activities will be tailored to different age groups and will include gardening and learning about local foods, bird conservation, pollinators, the role of community scientists and other fun topics through collaboration with the Hiland Hall program. Gardens and the Fund.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to share the beauty of our natural environment with young people this summer,” said Camille Kauffman, program coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA for Lake Paran, in a statement. “We are grateful that the state has decided to support a program like ours that not only allows children to be children this summer, but also to learn about the great things our local natural resources can offer.
“Our collaboration with the Friends of Hiland Hall Gardens and the Fund for North Bennington will complement the opportunities we can share with the children who join us. We also have paid positions for local high school students and funds to support low cost registration fees. We look forward to providing a great experience for children and youth this summer, ”said Kauffman.
The goal of the grant program is to increase access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth across the state during this summer. It was a highly competitive process with 188 proposals submitting $ 7,427,584 in applications, which far exceeded the funds available.
The grants, funded by federal dollars secured by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and administered by Vermont Afterschool, have been awarded to various programs including summer camps, libraries, municipalities, teen centers, service organizations social not-for-profit organizations and more, to expand the number of weeks and slots, as well as to increase the affordability and accessibility of summer programs.
These offers will complement school programs, as districts in Vermont have received federal funds, which are also eligible for this work. The funds will also lead to more partnership options for local school programs.
“Summer is the perfect time to help kids reconnect and rejuvenate,” Holly Morehouse, executive director of Vermont Afterschool, said in a statement. “We are extremely grateful to our state leaders and decision makers for their commitment to the development of the Summer Matters for All grant program.
“With this funding, communities and youth-serving organizations across the state will be able to create a great summer for children and youth in Vermont that will help them create new memories and come out of the pandemic strong. , resilient and hopeful, ”said Morehouse.
For more information, to register, and to learn more about scholarship funding, visit https://lakeparanvt.org/programs-and-camps/.